While a lot of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) work is carried out throughout the world in the context of public finance, little focus is paid on macroeconomic policies and framework conditions. To support the closing of this gap, the paper presents a framework for gender analysis of macroeconomic policies and governance bringing together important contributions from feminist economics and feminist political science. When applying the framework to the economic governance regime in the European Union which emerged
in the aftermath of the economic and financial crisis, significant gender implications become
visible. The paper shows that in spite of the assumed gender neutrality, economic governance
mechanisms, especially decision making processes and institutions have built-in gendered content
and economic policy rules carry gender biases. The transformation of the welfare state
towards a competitiveness state has strong gender implications and macroeconomic policies
have significant impact on well-being and living conditions of women and on gender equality.
The main focus of this paper is to highlight these gendered influences of EU economic governance
and direct attention to the need to include macroeconomic policies in GRB work.