Handbook on Gender and Social Policy
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Handbook on Gender and Social Policy

Edited by Sheila Shaver

Providing a state of the art overview, this comprehensive Handbook is an essential introduction to the subject of Gender and Social Policy. Bringing together original contributions and research from leading researchers it covers the theoretical perspectives of the field, the central policy terrain of gender inequalities of income, employment and care, and family policy. Examining gender and social policy at both the regional and national level, the Handbook is an excellent resource for advanced students and scholars of sociology, political science, women’s studies, policy studies as well as practitioners seeking to understand how gender shapes the contours of social policy and politics.
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Chapter 15: Shaping the way international organizations ‘see’ gender equality: the OECD and ECLAC

Rianne Mahon


Given women’s traditional (and ongoing) responsibilities for unpaid domestic work, the rise in women’s labour market participation gives rise to work–family tensions and the need for policies to address these. This chapter examines the way the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) – two important international organizations (IOs), widely known for their policy-orientated research – have attempted to grapple with the issue. It addresses two key questions: through which kind of unit does each IO see the issue and how does this affect its understanding of thereof? Are femocrats – staff who combine feminist knowledge with skills in administration and management – well-placed to develop and assert their perspectives within the organization?

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