Gender equality in European Union development policy in times of crisis

Allwood, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-2564-7145, 2019. Gender equality in European Union development policy in times of crisis. Political Studies Review. ISSN 1478-9299

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Gender equality is firmly established on the EU development policy agenda. However, a series of inter-related crises, including migration, security and climate change, are becoming more prominent in EU development policy. This article asks whether development objectives have been subsumed under these crisis-driven EU priorities; whether this is compatible with efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment through development cooperation; and whether it will affect the ability to keep gender equality high on the EU’s development policy agenda. The theoretical framework draws on horizontal policy coordination and nexuses. The analysis of EU development policy documents shows how migration, security and climate change are constructed as crises; how they intersect in various nexuses; and how gender intersects with each of these nexuses. This research finds that gender equality is absent from the migration-security-climate nexuses, which are increasingly driving development policy priorities. The article argues that it is quite straightforward to keep gender equality on the development policy agenda, but it is difficult retain a focus on gender equality when multiple policy areas intersect. The research suggests that the discourse of crisis has blocked the way, and this will have an impact on the EU’s internal and external activities.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Gender equality in European development policy in times of crisis
Publication Title: Political Studies Review
Creators: Allwood, G.
Publisher: SAGE on behalf of the Political Studies Association
Date: 18 July 2019
ISSN: 1478-9299
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 10 Jul 2019 15:56
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 07:08

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