Gênero e Paradiplomacia: O caso da Unidade Temática de Gênero das Mercocidades

Translated title of the contribution: Gender and Paradiplomacy: The example of the gender unit for mercocities

Leonardo Mercher, Sabrina Villenave

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The main objective of this paper is to show that the issue of gender, raised on the international scene in the last two decades by the subnational movement, goes beyond the traditional view of international relations. Through a transnational movement, cities have been designing public policies and initiatives in an international space that represents movements and gender concerns. The methodology applied here is the content analisys of the documents produced and made available, from 2000 to 2011, by the Thematic Unit of Gender and Municipality of the Mercocities Municipal Network, in order to identify the current international policies, as well as to establish a relationship between the representation and the transnational role of local governments. The theoretical basis is based on the constructivist boomerang effect, elaborated by Martha Finnemore and Kathryn Sikkink, which seeks to explain the transnational performance of the new international actors, as well as the feminist studies by Marisa Zalewski, Cynthia Enloe, Christine Sylvester and Spike Peterson that substantiate the qualitative research on gender representation and action in the analyzed documentation. The analyzes showed that decentralized cooperation of cities not only increased the number of spokespersons of this theme in international relations, but also contributed to construct definitions on gender issues in the South American Cone.
Translated title of the contributionGender and Paradiplomacy: The example of the gender unit for mercocities
Original languagePortuguese (Brazil)
Pages (from-to)22-42
Number of pages21
JournalSociologias Plurais
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012


  • gender
  • paradiplomacy
  • mercocities
  • city


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