EU external climate policy

Allwood, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-2564-7145, 2021. EU external climate policy. In: G.L. Magnusdottir and A. Kronsell, eds., Gender, intersectionality and climate institutions in industrialised states. Routledge Studies in Gender and Environments (6). Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 36-51. ISBN 9780367512057

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Climate change is a key priority for European Union external action, and the EU is an important global climate actor. The EU is also committed to mainstreaming the goal of gender equality throughout all of its internal and external activities. However, EU external climate policy remains largely gender blind. This chapter draws on feminist institutionalism and on the literature on policy integration, including gender mainstreaming, to show how and why gender is excluded from EU external climate policy. It asks, firstly, where, in external climate policy, do we find references to gender and what, if anything, do they contribute to achieving gender-just climate policy. Secondly, it asks how feminist institutionalism and policy integration studies can help us understand why gender equality is not mainstreamed in EU external policy and what institutional obstacles prevent its integration. It argues that gender has been excluded from EU external climate policy by a combination of institutional power struggles; a discourse of crisis and security, which pushes gender into the background; and a proliferation of nexuses and mainstreaming imperatives in which the Treaty obligation to mainstream gender is pushed to one side.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Allwood, G.
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Abingdon
Date: 17 June 2021
Number: 6
ISBN: 9780367512057
Rights: © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Gunnhildur Lily Magnusdottir and Annica Kronsell; individual chapters, the contributors. The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 13 Jul 2021 09:55
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2021 09:55

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