1st Edition

Social Justice and Gender Equality Rethinking Development Strategies and Macroeconomic Policies

    274 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The contributors to this edited volume explore the effects of various development strategies and associated macroeconomic policies on women’s well-being and progress towards gender equality. Detailed analyses of major UN reports on gender reveal the different approaches to assessing absolute and relative progress for women and the need to take into account the specifics of policy regimes when making such assessments. The book argues that neoliberal policies, especially the liberalization of trade and investment, make it difficult to close gender wage and earnings gaps, and new gender sensitive policies need to be devised. These and other issues are all examined in more detail in several gendered development histories of countries from Latin America and Asia.


    Ann Zammit (UNRISD)

    Chapter 1: Gender Well-being and Equality: Assessing Status, Progress and the Way Forward

    Stephanie Seguino (Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, University of Vermont)

    Chapter 2: Growth and Gender Equity in Asia

    Günseli Berik (Associate Professor of Economics and Gender Studies University of Utah)

    Chapter 3: The Road Not Taken: International Aid’s Choice of Copenhagen Over Beijing

    Rosalind Eyben (Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK)

    Chapter 4: Gender Dimensions of Viet Nam’s Comprehensive Macroeconomic and Structural Policy Reform

    Le Anh Tu Packard (Research Fellow at Temple’s Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society)

    Chapter 5: The Gender Implications of Macroeconomic Policy and Performance in Malaysia

    Anita Doraisami (Research Department, International Monetary Fund)

    Chapter 6: Changes in Economic Policies in Uruguay from a Gender Perspective

    Alma Espino & Paola Aznar (Researchers, Instituto de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y de Administración, Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay.)

    Chapter 7: Chile Under a Gender Lens: From Import Substitution to Open Market

    Rosalba Todaro

    Chapter 8: Foreign Direct Investment, Development and Gender Equity. A review of research and policy

    Elissa Braunstein (Assistant Research Professor, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

    Chapter 9: Trading to Equality? Gender and Trade Liberalization

    Savitri Bisnath (Gender Equality Officer, International Telecommunications Union, Geneva.)






    Günseli Berik is Associate Professor of Economics and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. Her recent research focuses on international trade, labor standards and gender wage inequality. She is an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics and a guest editor of the journal’s "Gender, China and the WTO" special issue (2007).

    Yana van der Meulen Rodgers is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her research encompasses gender, labor markets, and trade. Dr. Rodgers serves as Associate Editor for Feminist Economics. She received her BA in economics from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

    Ann Zammit is a development economist who now works independently. Her previous working career included university teaching in the UK and Chile, policy-oriented work for the OECD, OAS and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and policy work for the Government of Malta.