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The Role of the European Women's Lobby within the European Gender Policy Discourse

Ludwig, M.L. (2023) The Role of the European Women's Lobby within the European Gender Policy Discourse.

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Abstract:This research paper focuses on the role of Transnational Advocacy Networks (TANs) within the global policy process. Keck and Sikkink (1998) define TANs as international networks that bring together organizations from different national backgrounds based on shared values and principles. The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the biggest European TAN within the con-text of the gender policy discourse. How the EWL tries to influence the European Union (EU) institutions, with what goal in mind, and how successful it is in establishing influence concern-ing the issue of violence against women (VAW) within the European Parliament (EP) is being researched. EWL releases from their official website as well as EP resolutions from this parliamentary term will be analyzed with the use of a critical discourse analysis. The strategies accountability and information politics are used the most by the EWL to influence the gender discourse. The goal is to bring attention to special aspects within the discourse. No direct counter-discourse is being introduced and it mostly follows the same discourse as the EP. The EWL is successful in establishing an influence within the EP on the topic of VAW but only non-linearly, and in the long-term. Information politics is the most successful strategy.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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