Fish Fingers and Measles? Assessing Complex Gender Equality in the Scenarios for the Future of Europe
SourceJournal of Common Market Studies, 58, 2, (2020), pp. 292-308
06 september 2019
Article / Letter to editor
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Politicologie t/m 2019
Journal of Common Market Studies
SubjectInstitute for Management Research; Radboud Gender & Diversity Studies
In 2017, at a time when the EU was experiencing a triple crisis, the European Commission published a White Paper containing five scenarios outlining potential ways out of it. In his State of the Union address Commission President Juncker added a sixth. Although the Commission refers to fundamental values it neglects gender equality and reduces equality to the harmonization of the quantity of fish in fish fingers and EU‐wide access to vaccination against measles. Despite the neglect of gender equality, the scenarios are not gender neutral. A feminist institutionalist analysis unpacks the potential direct and indirect positive and negative gendered consequences of each scenario and illuminates how the choice of scenario makes a difference as to their gendered impacts and as to the access for feminist actors to bring gender issues to the table.
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