Promoting gender equality in the new Scotland: rhetoric not reality

Ailsa McKay, Angela O'Hagan

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Institutional support for gender equality in the devolved Scotland has been the subject of international policy learning, national evaluation and reassessment
almost continuously in the ten years of devolved government in Scotland. This
short article briefly considers the main structural and policy changes to promote gender equality introduced by devolution, and offers a critical perspective on the extent to which gender equality has become embedded in public policy institutions and practice in this period. Particular attention is drawn to the activities of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group and the attempts to promote a more gender-aware approach to the budget process within a Scottish public policy context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-13
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Politics Review: journal of the British Politics Society Norway
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • Scotland
  • gender equality


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