Feminists and Technocrats in the Democratization of Latin America: A Prolegomenon


Montecinos, Verónica. 2001. “Feminists and Technocrats in the Democratization of Latin America: A Prolegomenon.” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society 15 (1): 175-99.

Author: Verónica Montecinos


Women's movements made important contributions to ending the period of authoritarian rule in Latin America, but their participation in the reconstruction of democratic politics has been more limited than expected. This paper argues that the enormous influence exerted by technocratic elites in the democratization process in Latin America has represented an obstacle to the improvement of women's status in the region. Gender-biased assumptions and practices have been only partially addressed, in part because the policy-making process is under the control of economists, a professional group with a particularly unfriendly stand towards gendered analysis. It is suggested that reforms within economics may help in the task of making democracy more responsive to the demands of women.

Topics: Democracy / Democratization, Feminisms, Gender, Gender Analysis, Governance Regions: Americas, Central America, South America

Year: 2001

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