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 8: A feminist institutionalist approach to IPE and gender

Georgina Waylen


This chapter argues that feminist International Political Economy (IPE) could benefit from an institutionalist turn. It elaborates why feminist IPE (FIPE) should incorporate a feminist institutionalist (FI) approach and ends by outlining an FI research agenda for FIPE. It argues that adopting an FI approach would add to FIPE in two important ways. First, it would improve our overall understanding of global governance. In Jacqui True’s words, we already know quite a lot about the governance of gender but less about the gender of governance, which is exactly what FI could provide. Second, FI provides a new lens through which to analyse individual global institutions. It moves us away from looking at their inputs and outputs and opens up the ‘black box’ of global governance institutions (broadly defined). A FI approach also improves our analyses not only of the formal and informal institutions of global governance, but also of the actors within them.

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