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Gendering normative power Europe: lessons of the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Guerrina, R and Wright, K (2016) Gendering normative power Europe: lessons of the Women, Peace and Security agenda INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, 92 (2). pp. 293-312.

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Abstract

The European Union is seen to operate at the international level by promoting ideas and values, rather than by exerting military or economic power. As a gender actor, the EU has played a key role in the development of formal equality, which is presented as a foundational principle of European integration. It therefore follows that normative power Europe should seek to promote these values in external affairs. This article interrogates the role of the EU as a normative gender actor in relation to its implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, set out in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and related resolutions. Documentary analysis will be supplemented by a detailed assessment of speeches and public statements about the role of the EU as a gender actor in external affairs. This data will be used to assess whether there is a disjuncture between the dominant narrative about gender equality as a fundamental value of the EU and the actions of the organization. It will also allow us to assess whether gender mainstreaming is a tool for public diplomacy or has made a significant change to the way the external relations agenda is formulated and implemented. Additionally, the article will draw attention to the institutional obstacles to the EU performing a role as a gender actor in external affairs. It identifies a critical tension between framing the WPS resolutions as an extension of the EU's equality on the one hand, and understanding that gender mainstreaming is a mere policy tool in international affairs. In doing so, it highlights how competing institutional demands can ultimately undermine core values (e.g. equality) when they are used instrumentally.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Politics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Guerrina, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wright, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 4 March 2016
Identification Number : 10.1111/1468-2346.12555
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gendering normative power Europe: lessons of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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Date Deposited : 26 Apr 2016 08:52
Last Modified : 26 Apr 2016 08:52
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810526

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