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 23: Gender mainstreaming at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Sara Wallin


Feminist scholars have critically demonstrated the instrumentalisation of gender equality agendas to economic goals within global governance. This chapter builds upon this scholarship by investigating how gender equality has been articulated at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Specifically, it examines the interplay between the EBRD’s mandate to promote transition to market economies and the discursive strategies employed by staff at the EBRD in order to establish an approach to promoting women’s equality. It is argued that the emergence of women as an agent of marketisation and privatisation has begun to play a role in the legitimisation of the bank’s continued and expanding role in neoliberal governance as it moves beyond East and Central Europe.

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