While the European Commission as agenda-setter of EU policies has been scrutinized in detail, the European Parliament still requires a comprehensive investigation that addresses the European Parliament as a gendered institution and its gendered impacts on EU policies.
This book provides a multi-faceted innovative analysis of the EP by studying it comprehensively from a gender perspective addressing changes and continuities. It asks how and why the EP, as an institution, is gendered and what the gendered impacts of recent changes are when it comes to the structures, policies and practices of the EP. The book brings together scholars from a variety of theoretical and methodological backgrounds. They are united by their ability to provide the puzzle pieces necessary to fully comprehend the EP from a gender perspective. The different disciplines (sociology, political sciences, law, management studies, cultural studies) bring together different methodological approaches.
The collection functions as a fruitful laboratory for exchange among different approaches.
We investigate institutionalisation in the EP in a broad fashion, analysing the development of organisational patterns, rules and procedures and their effect on gender equality as well as revealing operational aspects, the dynamics of the political groups and balance between legislature and executive and their impact on this policy field.
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Introduction: Gendering the European Parliament: Introducing Structures, Policies, and Practices (Petra Ahrens and Lise Rolandsen Agustín)
Part I: Function and History - Gender Equality and the European Parliament
The Powers of the European Parliament: Implications for Gender Equality Policy (Gabriele Abels)
The European Parliament as a Constant Promoter of Gender Equality: Another European Myth? (Anna van der Vleuten)
Staging Power: Constructing Gender in the Debates of the European Parliament, 1999-2014 (Julia Marie Zimmermann)
Part II: Strategies and Outreach beyond Parliamentary Affairs
Undermining Critical Mass: The Impact of Trialogues and Treaty Reforms on Gender-Sensitive Decision-Making in the European Parliament (Joyce Marie Mushaben)
Working against the Tide? Institutionalizing Gender Mainstreaming in the European Parliament (Petra Ahrens)
Gendering the EU Budget: Can European Parliament Play the Role of a Gender Budgeting Advocate? (Firat Cengiz)
Part III: The Role of MEPs in Steering Gender Equality
‘Feminist to Its Fingertips’? Gendered Divisions of Labour and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (Mary Nugent)
Politicisation of Gender Equality in the European Parliament: Cohesion and Inter-Group Coalitions in Plenary and Committees (Markus Warasin, Johanna Kantola, Lise Rolandsen Agustín and Ciara Coughlan)
The European Parliament and Irish Female MEPs: Female Political Agency for Gender Equality (Pauline Cullen)
Overcoming Male Dominance? The Representation of Women in the European Parliament Delegations of the Post-Communist EU Member States (Cristina Chiva)
*Gender*Power*? On the Multiple Relations between Gender and Power in the European Parliament (Petra Meier, Petra Ahrens and Lise Rolandsen Agustín)
Petra Ahrens is Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Lise Rolandsen Agustín is Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark.
This important collection addresses key issues about both new and continuing actions of the European Parliament, covering policy areas for which the EU has responsibilities and commitments to democracy and diversity as well as gender equality. The book presents cutting-edge research, drawing on the analysis of an up-and-coming young cohort of experts as well as established scholars. A must read.
This timely and important book allows scholars to understand the genderedness of the European Parliament (EP) at a crucial moment for democracy, when the EP has strengthened its powers simultaneously with the growth of populist, right-leaning parties. The brilliant analysis of actors’ dynamics, institutionalization, and discursive contestation presents the European Parliament as a multifaceted arena of democratic power struggles in which feminist empowerment co-exists with opposition to gender equality.