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Feminist Economics and the World Bank

History, Theory and Policy, 1st Edition

Edited by Edith Kuiper, Drucilla Barker


266 pages

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The past decade has witnessed a paradigm shift at the World Bank from a focus on structural adjustment to a focus on poverty reduction. As evidenced by the Bank’s 2001 report, Engendering Development: Through Rights, Resource and Voice, an increased attention to gender issues has been an important part of this process.

This book brings together a range of responses from feminist economists and other social researchers on the issues raised in this report. With contributions from highly esteemed scholars such as Eudine Barriteau, Diane Elson, Gale Summerfield, and Zafiris Tzannatos, this anthology critically examines the relationships between gender, growth, development, and the World Bank by:

  • developing a history of the World Bank’s perspectives on gender
  • empirically evaluating the impacts of the Banks’ policies on three different regions of the world
  • exploring the ideological and methodological commitments of the report from a variety of feminist and interdisciplinary social science perspectives
  • enquiring into future directions for feminist economics research.

Highlighting the importance and challenge of taking gender into account in development theory and policy, this book’s complex and nuanced analyses of the social relations of gender in a global context make it an important resource for policymakers, activists and scholars alike.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements 1. Feminist Economics and the World Bank: An Introduction Part 1: Gender and the World Bank: An Institutional History 2. The World Bank, Development, Adjustment, and Gender Equality 3. An Assessment of Efforts to Promote Gender Equality at the World Bank 4. Comment Part 2: Policy Evaluations 5. Engendering Development 6. Engendering Agricultural Technology for Africa’s Farmers 7. Taking Gender Differences in Bargaining Power Seriously: Equity, Labor Standards, And Living Wages 8. Comment Part 3: Disciplinary Paradigms / Development Paradigms 9. Colonizing Knowledge 10. Adjustment with a Woman’s Face 11. Gender and Intrahousehold Decision-Making 12. Engendering Development or Gender Main-Streaming? 13. Comment Part 4: Explorations: Future Directions Of Feminist Research 14. A Seat at the Table 15. Why Feminist Economists Should Pay More Attention to the Coherence Between the World Bank and the WTO 16. Engendering the German Parliamentary Commission Report on Globalization of the World Economy 17. Women’s Rights and Engendering Development

About the Editors

Edith Kuiper is researcher at the Department of Economics & Econometrics at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Drucilla K. Barker is Professor of Economics & Women’s Studies at Hollins University, Virginia, U.S.A.

About the Series

Routledge IAFFE Advances in Feminist Economics

The International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) aims to increase the visibility and range of economic research on gender; facilitate communication among scholars, policymakers, and activists concerned with women's wellbeing and empowerment; promote discussions among policy makers about interventions which serve women's needs; educate economists, policymakers, and the general public about feminist perspectives on economic issues; foster feminist evaluations of economics as a discipline; expose the gender blindness characteristic of much social science and the ways in which this impoverishes all research - even research that does not explicitly concern women’s issues; help expand opportunities for women, especially women from underrepresented groups, within economics; and, encourage the inclusion of feminist perspectives in the teaching of economics.

The IAFFE book series pursues the aims of the organization by providing a forum in which scholars have space to develop their ideas at length and in detail. The series exemplifies the value of feminist research and the high standard of IAFFE-sponsored scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics