The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark Handbook is designed to provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU; reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular; and explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics. Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system.

Gender and European Union Politics

Gender and European Union Politics

Gender and European Union politics


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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