Are Skills the Answer?: The Political Economy of Skill Creation in Advanced Industrial Countries

Paperback | April 1, 2001

byColin Crouch, David Finegold, Mari Sako

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This study of vocational education in advanced industrial countries contributes to two different areas of debate. The first is the study of the diversity of institutional forms taken by modern capitalism, and the difficulties currently surrounding the survival of that diversity. Rather thananalysing economic institutions and governance in general, the authors specifically focus upon the key area of skill creation. The second theme is that of vocational education and training in its own right. While sharing the consensus that the advanced countries must secure competitive advantage in a global economy by developing highly-skilled work forces, the authors draw attention to certain awkward aspects of thisapproach that are often glossed over in general debate: 1. The employment-generating power of improvements in skill levels is limited: employment policy cannot depend fully on education policies; 2. While the acquisition of skills has become a major public need, there is increasing dependence for their provision on individual firms, with government action being restricted to residual care for the unemployed, rather than contributing at the leading edge of advanced skills policy. Covering France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, the UK, and the USA, this book provides a unique approach to education and training within the broader political and economic environment. As such, it will appeal to students, teachers, and practitioners concerned with vocational training, humanresource management, industrial relations, and the sociology of the economy.

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This study of vocational education in advanced industrial countries contributes to two different areas of debate. The first is the study of the diversity of institutional forms taken by modern capitalism, and the difficulties currently surrounding the survival of that diversity. Rather thananalysing economic institutions and governance...

Colin Crouch is Professor of Sociology, European University Institute, and Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. David Finegold is Professor at the School of Business Administration, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Mari Sako is Professor of International Business, Said Business School, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199241112

ISBN - 13:9780199241118

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Table of Contents

1. The Dispiriting Search for the Learning Society2. Employment and Employment Skills3. Skill and Changing Patterns of Trade4. The State and Skill Creation: Inevitable Failure?5. Corporatist Organizations and the Problem of Rigidity6. Local Agencies for Skill Creation7. Markets and Corporate Hierarchies8. Conclusions and Policy Implications