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Gendering Europeanisation


Ulrike Liebert

The advancement of European gender equality rights over the past three decades has been accompanied by a growing diversity of gender regimes in an enlarging EU. While the paradigms in European governance research tend to focus on homogenisation, enforcement and compliance with EU norms, comparative approaches to Europeanisation are premised on the awareness of a multiple Europe. This book explores gendered varieties of Europeanisation, ranging from resistance to adaptation, transformation and innovation. How have EU members engaged with EC equal-opportunity directives since 1975? Which gender issues have sparked political controversy? What were the outcomes of the interplays between EU norms and domestic gender regimes, public discourses on the EU and gender equality advocates?
Gendering Europeanisation presents the findings of an international group of social and political scientists based at the University of Bremen. The volume begins with a scrutiny of the mechanisms and forms of Europeanisation, presents case studies of six countries and concludes with a comparative analysis of gender politics in Europe.
Contents: Ulrike Liebert: Between Diversity and Equality: Analysing Europeanisation – Silke Reuter/Amy G. Mazur: Paradoxes of Gender-Biased Universalism: The Dynamics of French Equality Discourse – Petra Kodré/Henrike Müller: Shifting Policy Frames: EU Equal Treatment Norms and Domestic Discourses in Germany – Marina Calloni: From Maternalism to Mainstreaming: Femocrats and the Reframing of Gender Equality Policy in Italy – Stefanie Sifft: Pushing for Europeanisation: How British Feminists Link with the EU to Promote Parental Rights – Celia Valiente: Pushing for Equality Reforms: The European Union and Gender Discourse in Post-Authoritarian Spain – Milena Sunnus: EU Challenges to the Pioneer in Gender Equality: The Case of Sweden – Ulrike Liebert: Gendering Europeanisation: Patterns and Dynamics – Jörn Ketelhut: Appendix: EU Gender Equality Law, Gender Disparities in Domestic Labour Markets, and Public EU Support.