Moving boundaries with gender budgeting: from the margins to the mainstream

Elisabeth Klatzer, Angela O'Hagan

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Gender budgeting (GB) emerged in the 1980s building on feminist economics analysis of public resource allocation processes based on male bias in economic models and policy institutions. At its core, it aims to promote gender equality by engaging with public finance from a transformational perspective that results in integrating the provision of care in economic policy and deconstructing gender norms which perpetuate inequalities. The chapter takes an historical perspective on GB, tracing conceptual developments and contestations, and offers a critical perspective on the transformational adoption or institutional co-option that is characterizing GB as it moves from the margins to the mainstream. The authors propose a refined set of favourable conditions necessary to underpin Rosselli’s proposition that ‘Gender Budgeting is a powerful instrument for feminist transformation’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Perspectives on Political Economy and Its History
EditorsMaria Cristina Marcuzzo, Ghislain Deleplace, Paolo Paesani
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030429256
ISBN (Print)9783030429249
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • gender budgeting
  • feminist economics
  • public spending and revenue
  • gender equality


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