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Deliberating Difference: Gender and the EU

Yvonne Galligan, Sara Clavero

The gendered nature of democratic decision-making in the EU is the focus of this paper. It outlines a theoretical model of democracy that looks at public decision-making processes through a gender lens, gender democracy. It then takes two instances of democratic decision-making in the European Union relevant to gender equality: the Goods and Services Directive and the Recast Equality Directive. Using the concept 'gender democracy', the paper illuminates the contingent treatment of gender interests in democratic politics at EU level.



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