Shirin Rai is a Reader in the department of Politics and International Studies and was seconded to CSGR for the year 1997-1998. During that year she finished a manuscript on Gender and the Political Economy of Development which has now been published under that title (2002, Polity Press). Her research interests are in the area of feminist politics, democratisation, and development studies. She has written extensively on issues of gender, governance and democratisation. She is editor of International Perspectives on Gender and Democratisation, Macmillan, 2000, and the co-editor of Women in the Face of Change, Routledge, 1992; Women and the State: International Perspectives, Taylor and Francis, 1996 Global Social Movements, Routledge,2000. Her latest co-edited book, Rethinking Empowerment : Gender and Development in a global/local world, 2002, Routledge, has been published in the Routledge/Warwick Studies in Globalisation series. Shirin Rai has worked with the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women to produce a book on National Machineries for the Advancement of Women which will be published by Manchester University Press in 2002.