Gender equality and the european commission

Miriam Hartlapp, Henriette Müller, Ingeborg Tömmel

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This chapter analyzes the development and current state of gender equality in the Commission. It explores how the increase in women’s participation and representation has altered the Commission’s organizational structure. The chapter focuses on the Commission’s record in fostering gender equality through governance modes and policy tools. It shows the Commission’s commitment, but also the manifold constraints it faces to proactive policy-making and implementation. The chapter provides an overview of the policies and regulations that the Commission has adopted to improve gender equality within its own ranks. It describes the Commission’s successes and setbacks in gradually transforming its own institutional structure. The chapter examines the question of agency in the enhancement of gender equality policies both within the Commission and across the European Union (EU). It explores the Commission’s gender strategy in the context of interinstitutional dynamics and constraints, as well as pressures from civil society actors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Gender and EU Politics
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351049948
ISBN (Print)9781138485259
StatePublished - Mar 18 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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