Institutionalising women, peace and security in the Pacific Islands: Gendering the ‘architecture of entitlements’?

George, Nicole (2016) Institutionalising women, peace and security in the Pacific Islands: Gendering the ‘architecture of entitlements’?. International Political Science Review, 37 3: 375-389. doi:10.1177/0192512116629819


Author George, Nicole
Title Institutionalising women, peace and security in the Pacific Islands: Gendering the ‘architecture of entitlements’?
Journal name International Political Science Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0192-5121
1460-373X
Publication date 2016-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0192512116629819
Volume 37
Issue 3
Start page 375
End page 389
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Efforts to adopt provisions of the United Nations Women, Peace and Security agenda in local policy contexts are often hailed enthusiastically by gender advocates as a transformative development. But closer scrutiny of these localisation efforts may reveal something different. This article draws on theories of feminist institutionalism to examine the formal and informal institutional interplays which have shaped the Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security that was formalised by the Pacific Islands Forum in 2012. My analysis shows that although the Regional Action Plan is a significant development in rhetorical terms for the Pacific region, and may lay the foundation for future policy progress on gender and security, its focus is also constrained. This becomes particularly evident when the Regional Action Plan’s emphasis on women’s peacebuilding is compared with the plan’s relative silence on the growing regional challenge of gender and environmental insecurity. To explain these developments I show how the plan sits in interesting, and unresolved, tension with existing institutional norms and practices which gender the ‘architecture of entitlements’ governing how Pacific Island women can legitimately enter debate on regional security.
Keyword Women peace and security
Gender politics
Pacific Islands
Peacebuilding
Environmental security
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 06 Jun 2016, 22:41:06 EST by Nicole George on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies