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 21: Feminist political economy perspectives on gender expertise

Lucy Ferguson


Following the widespread adoption and institutionalization of gender mainstreaming worldwide, a demand has grown for experts and trainers to support the implementation of policies and programmes dedicated to gender equality. In political economy terms, there is now a clear labour market for knowledge and expertise on gender, into which hundreds of feminist and non-feminist gender experts have been drawn to provide these services to national, regional and international institutions. Unsurprisingly, for many feminist scholars the marketization and professionalization of gender and feminist knowledge has proved problematic. Moreover, there is little agreement about the extent to which transferring knowledge on gender has led to feminist outcomes, or indeed been guided by feminist principles and practices. In this chapter, I address some of the key debates and issues involved in the political economy of gender expertise, and suggest some avenues for moving forward.

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