Gender Mainstreaming Strategies in the E.U.: Delivering on an Agenda? [Book Review]

Feminist Legal Studies 10 (3):227-240 (2002)

Recent years have witnessed the emergence of anew policy style within the E.U., characterized by voluntary policy transfer between member states and soft policy instruments including exchange of best practice, targets, benchmarking and national league tables. This article examines how these methods have been used by gender mainstreaming advocates and evaluates the impact of this strategy to-date upon E.U. policy-making procedures and outputs. It is argued that mainstreaming has provided new opportunities for feminists to influence the E.U. policy agenda, but that the impact of mainstreaming varies between sectors and member states. The concluding section considers the implications of E.U. mainstreaming from the perspective of the European Women's Lobby(E.W.L.). This discussion highlights the potential opportunities and risks for feminists of mainstreaming
Keywords equality  European Union  European Women's Lobby (E.W.L.)  Europeanisation  feminism  gender-mainstreaming  policy transfer
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DOI 10.1023/A:1021223828355
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