Gender Expertise in Public Policymaking: The European Women's Lobby and the EU Maternity Leave Directive
- Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society
- Oxford University Press
- Volume 27, Number 2, Summer 2020
- pp. 385-408
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Civil society organizations are involved in EU policymaking processes, but are faced with the potential dilemma of providing efficient expertise while at the same time advocating for their interests. This article asks whether the European Women's Lobby, an EU-level umbrella organization representing women's interests, manages this inbuilt tension by empirically investigating the balancing of three different types of expertise-based claims (procedural, technical, and normative) in a concrete instance of policymaking, namely the European Maternity Leave Directive. The analysis shows that although the EWL engaged in technical expertise provision, it infused the policy process with normative expertise-based claims.