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Cross‐cutting Policy Issues

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A social cohesion policy agenda requires co‐ordinating actions across policy areas, in particular to ensure the integration of vulnerable and traditionally excluded groups. The challenges posed by shifting wealth to social cohesion through structural transformation and swings in factor prices also call for coherent action across policy domains. Quality education accessible for all, equal chances for women and men, food security and the integration of migrants are important cross‐cutting areas which need to be incorporated into any social cohesion agenda. The current changes in the global economy offer the opportunity to address some long existing inequalities in these areas. This opportunity should not be wasted. A better integration of women into the economy, improved access to land, schools offering shared spaces and a better deal for immigrants in the fast‐growing host countries will not only support a cohesive society but also contribute to sustained growth in the long run.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: November 1, 2011


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