© 2014

Gender Equality Norms in Regional Governance

Transnational Dynamics in Europe, South America and Southern Africa

  • Anna van der Vleuten
  • Anouka van Eerdewijk
  • Conny Roggeband

Part of the Gender and Politics Series book series (GAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Anna van der Vleuten, Anouka van Eerdewijk, Conny Roggeband
      Pages 1-13
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Anna van der Vleuten, Anouka van Eerdewijk
      Pages 17-41
    3. Anouka van Eerdewijk, Conny Roggeband
      Pages 42-64
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Alison E. Woodward, Anna van der Vleuten
      Pages 67-92
    3. Anna van der Vleuten, Merran Hulse
      Pages 165-192
    4. Anouka van Eerdewijk, Joni van de Sand
      Pages 193-217
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Conny Roggeband, Anouka van Eerdewijk, Anna van der Vleuten
      Pages 221-246
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-253

About this book


This book analyses the diffusion of norms concerning gender-based violence and gender mainstreaming of aid and trade between the EU, South America and Southern Africa. Norm diffusion is conceptualized as a truly multidirectional and polycentric process, shaped by regional governance and resulting in new geometries of transnational activism.


Europe European Union (EU) gender gender mainstreaming Governance nationalism Policy violence

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna van der Vleuten
    • 1
  • Anouka van Eerdewijk
    • 1
  • Conny Roggeband
    • 2
  1. 1.Radboud University NijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.FLACSO Ecuador and VU UniversityThe Netherlands

About the editors

Petra Debusscher, University of Antwerp, Belgium Merran Hulse, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann, Free University Berlin, Germany Joni van de Sand, WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform, The Netherlands Alison Woodward, Free University of Brussels, Belgium

Bibliographic information


The book succeeds in bringing together research on transnational norm diffusion with comparative regionalism. The combination provides a fresh perspective on how global norms of gender equality are contested and negotiated when they travel from the global to the regional level.

Professor Tanja A. Börzel, Jean Monnet Chair and Director of the Center for European Integration, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Bringing together insights from international relations, feminist scholarship, policy analysis, social movement theory and development studies, this book develops a novel theoretical framework to examine the contribution of regional norms and governance institutions to the advancement of gender equality. Drawing on the meso-level of regional governance in the EU, the OAS and Mercosur in South America, and SADC in Southern Africa, the book shows how norms translate, travel, and change in the dynamics between transnational, national, regional and interregional actors. Feminist scholars, social movement specialists, and students of transnational governance will all profit from this rich collection of interdisciplinary research.

Sidney Tarrow, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Department of Government, Cornell University, USA

"This innovative study brings together insights from regional institutionalism and norm diffusion to illuminate the complex geometry of global gender equality norms. Employing a unique comparative empirical examination of four regional institutions, the collection reveals the multi-level, multi-actor, and multi-directional processes of gendered norm diffusion. Study results decenter assumptions of European dominance and reveal the importance of long-term engagement by flexible, principled feminist networks."

Elisabeth Jay Friedman, Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies, University of San Francisco