Understanding the European Union as a Global Gender Actor: the Holistic Intersectional and Inclusive Study of Gender+ in External Actions

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This article assesses the study of gender equality policies in EU external actions with a focus on the theoretical and empirical routes to understanding the field in times of crises. It argues that the emerging body of literature on gender in EU external relations makes it possible to explain, understand and judge the EU in global politics by rethinking the nature of power from a gender perspective. The article then argues that to develop gender and EU external relations in its next decade it is necessary to rethink the study of the EU as a global gender actor. This encompasses a reassessment of the ‘EU’, ‘gender’ and the ‘global’, as well as the development of a holistic macro-, meso- and micro-analysis. The article concludes by proposing a distinctive theoretical and methodological approach which involves a holistic intersectional and inclusive study of gender+ in EU external actions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolitical Studies Review
Volume18
ISSN1478-9299
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - European Union, Global Gender Actor, External Actions, Gender+, Holistic, Intersectional

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