EU Cohesion Policy: growth or cohesion? The case of gender mainstreaming

Leaza McSorley, James Campbell

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This chapter examines EU Cohesion Policy considering i) the new macroeconomic
conditionalities and thematic priorities in response to the financial
crisis and their implications for social inclusion and equal opportunities, ii)
whether the approach of mainstreaming gender and equal opportunities has
been effective in Scotland This chapter examines a cross-section of ESF and
ERDF funded projects which supported labour market participation within the
Scottish Structural Funds Programme 2007-2013 were evaluated. iii)
Recommendations for the implementation of the thematic priority to promote
social inclusion and combat discrimination in 2014-2020 programming period.
Ultimately, this chapter questions whether the increasing demands on
Cohesion funding to deliver jobs and growth and contribute to Europe 2020
macro-economic targets is jeopardising the fundamental principles of
Cohesion Policy itself, such as social inclusion and more specifically gender
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning from Implementation and Evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy: Lessons from a Research-Policy Dialogue
EditorsN.F. Dotti
PublisherRSA Research Network on Cohesion Policy
ISBN (Print)978-2-9601879-0-8
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • EU Cohesion policy
  • gender mainstreaming
  • economics


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