Gendering the representative work of the European Parliament: A political analysis of women MEP’s perceptions of gender equality in party groups

Johanna Kantola, Lise Rolandsen Agustin

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European Parliament's (EP) party groups are crucial to democratic representation in the EU. Much of the academic research about party groups has been gender‐blind. This article draws on qualitative methods to undertake a gender analysis of EP party groups. The article analyses the gendered experiences of women MEPs from two Nordic countries, Denmark and Finland, and draws on interview data with 18 women MEPs from these two member states to explore their perceptions of gender equality in the political groups. The findings illustrate that party groups exhibit some shared and some diversified gendered norms as well as concrete practices for advancing the position of women, including informal women's networks. We draw attention to the shortcomings in m/paternity leave rights in the EP and the lack of political will within the party groups to tackle this, which is further cementing exclusionary practices of the institution.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Common Market Studies
Vol/bind57
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)768-786
Antal sider19
ISSN0021-9886
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StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 2019

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