Professor Ailsa McKay, who was known not only for her work as a feminist economist but also her influence on Scottish social and economic policy, died in 2014 at the height of her academic career and impact on public life. Organised around the key themes of Ailsa McKay's work, this collection brings together eminent contributors to argue for the importance of making women's roles and needs more visible in economic and social policies.
Feminist Economics and Public Policy presents a uniquely coherent analysis of key issues including gender mainstreaming, universal childcare provision and universal basic income security, in the context of today's challenging economic and political environments. It draws on international perspectives to look at the economic role of women, presenting readers with interrelated sections on gender budgeting and work and childcare, before concluding with a discussion on Citizens Basic Income and how it could contribute towards a more efficient, equitable social security system. The theoretical, empirical and practice based contributions assembled here present recommendations for more effective public policy, working towards a world in which women's diverse roles are recognized and fully accounted for.
This book is a unique collection, which will be of great relevance to those studying gender and economics, as well as to researchers or policy makers.
Jim Campbell is a Reader in Economics at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK. Morag Gillespie, now retired, was formerly a Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University and a member of Women in Scotland's Economy Research Centre, UK.
Section 1: Introduction and Appreciation 1 Introduction to the themes of the book Jim Campbell and Morag Gillespie 2. Appreciation: Talking to Ailsa Marilyn Waring Section 2: Gender Budgeting 3. Gender Budgeting and Macroeconomic Policy Diane Elson 4. Challenging the norms: Gender Budgeting as Feminist Policy Change Angela O'Hagan 5. Gender budgeting in Scotland: Seeking transformative change through public spending Angela O'Hagan and Morag Gillespie 6. Gender Budgeting in the Capability Approach: From theory to evidence Tindara Addabbo 7. In Search of a Gender Budget with `Actual Allocation of Public Monies': A Well-Being Gender Budget Exercise Gulay Gunluk-Senesen 8. The Spanish Central Government Budget: comments on recent experience Paloma de Villota Section 3: Women, Work and Childcare 9. Childcare as an Investment in Infrastructure Sue Himmelweit 10. Integrating Economic and Social Policy: Childcare -A transformational change? Gary Gillespie and Uzma Khan 11. Scotland and the Great Recession: An Analysis of the Gender Impact Jim Campbell, Ailsa McKay and Susanne Ross 12. Occupational Segregation and Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland Emily Thomson 13. Women working Together Ann Henderson Section 4: Citizen's Basic Income 14. On Justifying a Citizen's Basic Income Chris Pierson 15. A Citizen's Basic Income and Its Implications Annie Miller 16: Debating a Citizen's Basic Income: An Interdisciplinary and Cross-National Perspective Caitlin McLean 17. Citizen's Basic Income: A radical and transformative idea for gender equality? Morag Gillespie Conclusions 18. Concluding Thoughts: Building on Ailsa's legacy Jim Campbell and Morag Gillespie