Central to this chapter is the debate among feminists on international labor standards. The debate is wide-ranging, addressing trade-labor standards linkages and the institutional arrangements for these linkages, how labor standards could best be improved either as a complement or substitute to these linkages, the particular challenges to improving labor standards in global value chains (GVCs) and the informal economy, and the role of national and international trade unions. The ILO also figures centrally, ineluctably so, given that its defining characteristics are its mandate on international labor standards and its tripartite governance structure, which make it unique among international organizations.
The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Economics presents a comprehensive overview of the contributions of feminist economics to the discipline of economics and beyond.
Each chapter situates the topic within the history of the field, reflects upon current debates, and looks forward to identify cutting-edge research. Consistent with feminist economics’ goal of strong objectivity, this Handbook compiles contributions from different traditions in feminist economics (including but not limited to Marxian political economy, institutionalist economics, ecological economics and neoclassical economics) and from different disciplines (such as economics, philosophy and political science). The Handbook delineates the social provisioning methodology and highlights its insights for the development of feminist economics. The contributors are a diverse mix of established and rising scholars of feminist economics from around the globe who skilfully frame the current state and future direction of feminist economic scholarship.
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