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Gender-responsive budgeting

In: Handbook of Feminist Governance


  • Monica Costa
  • Rhonda Sharp


For over three decades feminists have sought to challenge mainstream economic governance with a strategy of integrating a gender perspective into government spending and revenue raising. Invented in Australia, gender-responsive budgeting spread globally with feminists and their networks engaging with opportunities to expand the fiscal space for promoting gender equality. This chapter traces the evolution of gender-responsive budgeting in Australia and globally, to show how this innovation has emerged as a global movement. We consider how gender-responsive budgeting has been influenced by debates and reforms to economic governance, raising questions about its potential as a strategy for feminist change. The 2020-21 pandemic crisis again has brought gender inequality back into focus, opened a debate about rules of economic governance and given rise to renewed calls for gender-responsive budgeting.

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  • Monica Costa & Rhonda Sharp, 2023. "Gender-responsive budgeting," Chapters, in: Marian Sawer & Lee A. Banaszak & Jacqui True & Johanna Kantola (ed.), Handbook of Feminist Governance, chapter 11, pages 138-149, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:elg:eechap:20153_11

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