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Losing Women, Losing Power? Gender, Turnover, and EU Legislation

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Abstract

This chapter tests components of the feminist critique of EU personnel dynamics and generates insights into EU throughput legitimacy. We investigate relationships among turnover and gender in the Council of the EU. We couch our analysis in gendered theories of negotiation, which suggest that women are disproportionately strong negotiators and consensus builders. We expect these attributes to be particularly important in a consensus-based institution like the Council. Our empirical analysis supports our intuition: the negative effect of turnover on throughput legitimacy is particularly acute when it is women ministers who are leaving the Council system. Our analysis suggests that not all turnover is equally perilous: the exit of experienced women from the EU decision-making system places a particular strain on throughput legitimacy.

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  • Turnover
  • Throughput legitimacy
  • Gender
  • Negotiation
  • Council of the EU

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Aldrich, A.S., Perez, L.K. (2021). Losing Women, Losing Power? Gender, Turnover, and EU Legislation. In: Scherpereel, J.A. (eds) Personnel Turnover and the Legitimacy of the EU. Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-60052-5_5

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