Citizenship in an Enlarging Europe: From Dream to Awakening by Barbara Einhorn (auth.)

By Barbara Einhorn (auth.)

Citizenship in an Enlarging Europe considers the influence of financial, political and social transformation in vital and japanese Europe within the context of european expansion. the writer makes use of the lens of gender to envision the techniques of democratization, marketization and nationalism.

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The Beijing Platform for Action called for the introduction of gender equality legislation and the establishment of National Women's Machineries to facilitate and monitor their implementation. International agencies such as the United Nations and supra-national governmental bodies such as the European Union have since then favoured gender mainstreaming strategies utilizing these mechanisms, especially in relation to development and structural adjustment policies. Gender mainstreaming has been defined in a variety of ways, not always consistent with each other, nor with clarity of meaning.

Although the European Union has stated its commitment to gender equality and hence compliance with EU norms as a precondition for EU membership, there is evidence that compliance was not in fact monitored, so that gender did not impede or delay accession for those countries who joined in 2004 (Bretherton, 2001; Steinhilber, 2002a). Moreover, there is a danger that European Union enlargement could result in harmonization downwards, whereby women in Central and Eastern Europe are forced to accept lower levels of political representation, labour force participation, childcare provision, pay equity or reproductive rights than those to which they have been accustomed.

2000: 133, 135). Beyond that there is the question of distinguishing political participation as women from feminist activism. This is discussed in Chapter 4. The third factor is perhaps even more fundamental than theoretical debates about the definition of women-in-politics, or inter-country differences in political developments. This concerns the contested issue of what counts - conceptually and empirically- as political activity. The next section deals with this issue. What counts as 'politics' and where does it occur?

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