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Missing in analysis: women in foreign policy-making

Smith, Karen E. ORCID: 0000-0002-2651-7193 (2020) Missing in analysis: women in foreign policy-making. Foreign Policy Analysis, 16 (1). 130 - 141. ISSN 1743-8586

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Identification Number: 10.1093/fpa/orz019


Foreign policy analysis (FPA) opens the “black box” of the state and provides explanations of how and why foreign policy decisions are made, which puts individuals and groups (from committees to ministries) at the center of analysis. Yet the sex of the decision-maker and the gendered nature of the decision-making process have generally been left out of the picture. FPA has not addressed questions regarding the influence of women in foreign policy decision-making processes or the effects of gender norms on decision-making; indeed, FPA appears to be almost entirely gender-free. This article argues that “gendering” FPA is long overdue and that incorporating gender into FPA frameworks can provide a richer and more nuanced picture of foreign policy–making.

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Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 13:39
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2024 02:06

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