Towards a Feminist Global Trade Politics

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Socially progressive globalisation in a post-neoliberal era must recognize the centrality of gendered and other social hierarchies to the deeper workings of the global political economy and actively seek to dismantle them. In practice, this involves: (i) redefining the purpose of global trade in ways that value, prioritize and support progressive forms of social reproduction; (ii) centering trade policy on a holistic understanding of the economy; and (iii) democratizing global trade relations. In this article, we outline a feminist International Political Economy theoretical perspective for understanding global trade, take stock of a range of gender and trade initiatives pursued by various trade actors and organizations to show where progressive reforms have already been taken and where these fall short, and make concrete suggestions on how to formulate trade policies in line with globalist, feminist prerogatives.
Original languageEnglish
Early online date29 May 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 May 2020


  • Gender
  • Reglobalization
  • Feminist Political Economy; Global Political Economy
  • Trade
  • Liberalism

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  • Global inequalities


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