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Rosén Sundström and Elgström on the Swedish feminist foreign policy

Malena Rosén Sundström and Ole Elgström have co-authored the article ”Praise or critique? Sweden’s feminist foreign policy in the eyes of its fellow EU members”, which has been published in the journal ”European Politics and Society”. The article trains focus on how other EU member states perceive the Swedish feminist foreign policy.

The study is based on a survey and interviews with representatives from other EU members’ permanent representations in Brussels. The results demonstrate that the feminist foreign policy is relatively well known, but this knowledge is rather superficial. 

Sweden is seen as a legitimate advocate for women’s rights, and most regard the policy as relatively effective and coherent. There are, however, also some critical voices, not least with regard to the word “feminist” which some states perceive as provocative. 

Most respondents think that the feminist foreign policy has had a positive effect on Sweden’s international image. Despite this, few believe that other states will follow suit. This is mainly attributed to the current context, with populism and nationalism on the rise.

Read the article on tandfonline.com

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