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Gender and European Union Politics
Gender and European Union politics
Introduction

A post-Westphalian entity, the European Union (EU) has disturbed the principle of state sovereignty and with it the patriarchal gender orders of its member states.1 The specific impacts on women and men of the contemporary reorganization of political authority in Europe are a matter of debate. On the one hand, among international institutions, the EU stands out in its foregrounding of the goal of gender equality, listing ‘equality between women and men’ among its ‘values’ and ‘objectives’ in the new Constitutional Treaty (Articles I-2 and I-3) and having committed to mainstreaming gender considerations into all aspects of its operations. On the other hand, caught between the agendas of market liberalization and the preservation of European welfare ...

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