Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender
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Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender

Edited by Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts

This Handbook brings together leading interdisciplinary scholarship on the gendered nature of the international political economy. Spanning a wide range of theoretical traditions and empirical foci, it explores the multifaceted ways in which gender relations constitute and are shaped by global politico-economic processes. It further interrogates the gendered ideologies and discourses that underpin everyday practices from the local to the global. The chapters in this collection identify, analyse, critique and challenge gender-based inequalities, whilst also highlighting the intersectional nature of gendered oppressions in the contemporary world order.
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Chapter 15: Feminist perspectives on the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

Catia Gregoratti


In recent years, the business case for gender equality has become the dominant way of speaking about gender equality and women’s empowerment across many institutions of global economic governance. In recent years, the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) have come to occupy a prominent position in debates on how corporations and smaller businesses can tackle gender inequalities while achieving competitive and financial advantages. The chapter offers a historical account of the private origins of the principles as well as an elucidation of its soft mode of governance. In conversation with a range of critical interventions in feminist political economy the chapter aims to add to existing theoretical and empirical interventions on the WEPs focusing on how feminist activism reworks and disrupts the hegemony of the business case.

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