Counting on Marilyn Waring: new advances in feminist economics

This edited volume maps new advances in theories and practices in feminist economics and the valuation of women, care and nature since Marilyn Waring’s groundbreaking critique of the system of national accounts, If Women Counted (1988). It features theoretical, practical and policy oriented contributions, empirical studies, and new conceptualizations, theorizations and problematizations of defining and accounting for the value of nature and unpaid household work, eco-feminism, national and international policy processes, gender budgeting, unpaid care and HIV/AIDS policy, activism and artwork, and mirrors the wide-ranging impact and resonance of Waring’s work as well as the current frontiers of feminist economics/eco-feminism.

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Edited by Margunn Bjørnholt and Ailsa McKay, with a foreword by Julie A. Nelson

Demeter Press, 2014


‘A joy to read and a revelation.’ — Patricia E. Perkins, Feminist Economics

Counting on Marilyn Waring explores ‘a wide range of issues—including the fundamental meaning of economic growth and activity to consumption, health care, mortality, unpaid household work, mothering, education, nutrition, equality, and sustainability’ and reveals ‘the breadth, depth, and substance that can grow from innovative ideas and critical analysis.’ – Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

‘Counting on Marilyn Waring provides a timely reminder of the politics and economics underpinning what, how and by whom activities and outputs are valued. For those concerned with social justice and sustainable futures, this important and powerful book provides an invaluable and practical insight into issues that are in need of greater visibility.’ — Alison Preston, Winthrop Professor of Economics, University of Western Australia

‘A wide spectrum of issues are elaborated with a rich set of cases. This book offers insights for new public policy design focusing on well-being for everyone.’ — Gülay Günlük Şenesen, Professor of Economics, Istanbul University

‘Despite many valiant efforts, women do not as yet really count in the conduct of economic policy. This book is an imaginative contribution to an ongoing struggle.’Diane Elson, University of Essex

‘While Thomas Piketty’s bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century barely tests the discipline’s boundaries in its focus on the rich, Counting on Marilyn Waring challenges most limits of what economists should care about.’ — Maria Reinertsen, economics commentator, Morgenbladet