Gender, party politics and democracy in Europe:

A study of European Parliament’s party groups

Funded by European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant, 2018-2023

About us

The ERC funded research project “Gender, party politics and democracy in Europe: A study of European Parliament’s party groups” (EUGenDem) commences 1 August 2018.

The five-year (2018-2023) research project is funded by European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (PI Professor Johanna Kantola). It is located in Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland. Dr Anna Elomäki is the Senior Researcher in the project.

EUGenDem provides a systematic analysis of the gendered policies and practices of European party politics. The research comprises a comparative study of the European Parliament’s (EP) party groups and generates empirical findings about the significance of gender in the current party political transformations in Europe.

To provide such a critical gender analysis, this project divides the EP’s party groups into three clusters of: (i) traditional left and right party groups, (ii) populist and radical right party groups and (iii) equality party groups. It undertakes an empirical analysis of party group policies and formal and informal practices in relation to gender. Focusing on selected party groups’ policies generates knowledge about political contestation about gender equality in relation to economy, social rights and moral politics. The three selected policy areas cover explicitly gendered issues (gender violence); an issue where the centrality of gender is recognized but easily eclipsed (Social Rights Pillar), and an issue where gendered consequences are severe, but linkages to gender are omitted (economic crisis). (more…)