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Feminist Political Economy - A Global Perspective

Sara Cantillon, Odile Mackett, Sara Stevano
Certificate Project
Level: advanced
Perspective: Feminist Economics
Topic: Globalization & International Economic Relations, Labour & Care, North-South Relations & Development, Race & Gender
Format: Teaching Package

Information on the course

Feminist political economy is essential to understanding the power relations and hierarchies that shape and sustain contemporary capitalism. Motivated by the rejection of gender-blind approaches in economics feminist political economy provides compelling insights into the relations between the economic, the social and the political in the reproduction of inequality.

This Online Course is based on the book "Feminist Political Economy - A Global Perspective" by Prof. Sara Cantillon (Glasgow Caledonian University), Dr. Odile Mackett (University of the Witwatersrand) and Dr. Sara Stevano (SOAS London),.  The course as well as the book provide a much-needed introduction to the key topics in feminist political economy that are necessary to understand inequality in the contemporary global socio-economic system. The authors take a global perspective throughout and engage in debates that are relevant for the Global North and/or the Global South. The course offers students a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the role of power relations and inequality in the global economy.


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The book is the base for the course and includes readings complementary to the lecture videos. The chapters are structured as lectures in a university module and are grouped around four thematic themes: key principles; public-private divides; employment; and policy approaches.

It was published in 2023 with Agenda Publishing.

ISBN: 9781788212649

Course structure


Each chapter translates to roughly one hour of video material, accompanied by excerpts from the book and additional readings.

Supported by:

Chapter 1 - A Global Perspective on Feminist Political Economy

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Discussion Questions

  • How can the origins of feminist political economy be described?
  • Why do you think that there is a current renewed interest in this field?
  • What are the main features of feminist political economy? How would you characterize feminist political economy?
  • What is intersectionality and how does it matter to a global feminist political economy approach?




Chapter 2 - Global Division of Labour

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In your own time

  • Read section 2.3.2 (pp. 35-39)
  • Reflect on the following questions:
    • What is super-exploitation?
    • Does women’s participation in the labour-intensive export-oriented industry lead to super-exploitation?
    • Can participation in the labour force be a route to empowerment for women? And for men?




Additional sources on the Covid-19 pandemic and inequalities:

  • Kabeer, N., Razavi, S., & van der Meulen Rodgers, Y. (2021). Feminist economic perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic. Feminist Economics, 27(1-2), 1-29.
  • Stevano, S., Ali, R., & Jamieson, M. (2021). Essential for what? A global social reproduction view on the re-organisation of work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d'études du développement, 42(1-2), 178-199.
  • Stevano, S., Franz, T., Dafermos, Y., & Van Waeyenberge, E. (2021). COVID-19 and crises of capitalism: intensifying inequalities and global responses. Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d'études du développement, 42(1-2), 1-17.
  • Tejani, S., & Fukuda‐Parr, S. (2021). Gender and COVID‐19: Workers in global value chains. International labour review, 160(4), 649-667.
  • Wiegratz, J., Behuria, P., Laskaridis, C., Pheko, L. L., Radley, B., & Stevano, S. (2023). Common challenges for all? A critical engagement with the emerging vision for post pandemic development studies. Development and Change.

Chapter 3 - Social Reproduction

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In your own time

  • Read section 3.6, pp. 62-64
  • Article in Feminist Economics by Sara and colleagues: Sara Stevano, Alessandra Mezzadri, Lorena Lombardozzi & Hannah Bargawi (2021) Hidden Abodes in Plain Sight: the Social Reproduction of Households and Labor in the COVID-19 Pandemic, Feminist Economics, 27:1-2, 271-287, DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2020.1854478






In your own time


Chapter 5 - Households

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Chapter 7 - Labour Market Inequalities

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Chapter 8 - Welfare Regimes and Policies

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Chapter 9 - Feminization of Poverty

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Chapter 10 - Economic Crises and Policies

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Chapter 11 - GDP and its Alternatives

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Comment from our editors:

This course was created in collaboration with the authors and the German Network for Pluralism in Economics. It is part of the Plural Certificate Project and is offered regularily as a course with ECTS.

Interested in adapting the course materials for your own teaching? Send us a message at certificate[a]

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