A CRITICAL APPROACH TO EU URBAN POLICY 
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A CRITICAL APPROACH TO EU URBAN POLICY FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF GENDER
A CRITICAL APPROACH TO EU URBAN POLICY FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF GENDER

Author(s): Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Rural and urban sociology, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: urban policy of the EU; gender; gender mainstreaming; sustainable urban development; policy discourse;

Summary/Abstract: Cities are on the focus of policy action in the European Union (EU) from the ‘80s. The relevance of the urban issue within the UE has evolved through a complex process that has led to the definition of the urban dimension of the EU policy. The development of this process has given place to the construction of a concept of “sustainable/integrated urban development” encoded in the policy tools launched through the years by the European Commission (EC) and other relevant stakeholders. In 1999 entered into force the Treaty of Amsterdam, which brought a new insight regarding gender issues at EU level, as it introduced for the first time the concept of gender mainstreaming. This work addresses the question: Has the urban dimension of the EU policy integrated the gender perspective vision embraced by the Treaty of Amsterdam? The study undertakes the analysis of the discourse adopted by written policy tools launched in the EU context from 1997 (year in which the Treaty was signed) to the present in order to understand if the gender perspective has been mainstreamed in the urban policy of the EU. The analysis developed shows that the gender dimension has been excluded from the definition of the policy problem (contradicting the Treaty of Amsterdam and subsequent legislation). The outputs of the research allow shedding light on this issue with the aim of bringing it to debate. This is considered particularly important in the current situation, in which the Members States are starting to implement the initiatives for sustainable urban development co-funded by the Structural Funds in this period of the Cohesion Policy (2014–2020).

  • Issue Year: 7/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 200-217
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English