High Skills: Globalization, Competitiveness, and Skill Formation

Paperback | September 1, 2001

byPhillip Brown, Andy Green, Hugh Lauder

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Economic globalization has led to intense debates about the competitiveness of nations. Prosperity, social justice, and welfare are now seen to depend on the creation of a 'high skilled' workforce. This international consensus around high skills has led recent American presidents to claimthemselves 'education presidents' and in Britain, Tony Blair has announced that 'talent is 21st-century wealth'. This view of knowledge-driven capitalism has led all the developed economies to increase numbers of highly-trained people in preparation for technical, professional, and managerial employment. But it also harbours the view that what we regard as a 'skilled' worker is being transformed. The pace oftechnological innovation, corporate restructuring, and the changing nature of work require a new configuration of skills described in the language of creativity, teamwork, employability, self-management, and lifelong learning.But is this optimistic account of a future of high-skilled work for all justified? This book draws on the findings of a major international comparative study of national routes to a 'high skills' economy in Britain, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States, and includes datafrom interviews with over 250 key stakeholders. It is the first book to offer a comparative examination of 'high skill' policies -- a topic of major public debate that is destined to become of even greater importance in all the developed economies in the early decades of the twenty-first century.

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Economic globalization has led to intense debates about the competitiveness of nations. Prosperity, social justice, and welfare are now seen to depend on the creation of a 'high skilled' workforce. This international consensus around high skills has led recent American presidents to claimthemselves 'education presidents' and in Britain...

Phillip Brown is a Research Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK. He trained as a teacher and youth worker before going to University College, Swansea in South Wales to study for a Ph.D. After working as a researcher at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, he took a lectureship in Indu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:September 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199244200

ISBN - 13:9780199244201

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Table of Contents

1. Phillip Brown: Skill Formation in the Twenty-First Century2. Andy Green and Akiko Sakamoto: Models of High Skills in National Competition Strategies3. Hugh Lauder: Innovation, Skill Diffusion, and Social Exclusion4. Hugh Lauder (with Yadollah Mehralizadeh): Globalization, Skill, and the Labour Market5. Phillip Brown: Globalization and the Political Economy of High SkillsAppendix 1: List of Organizations InterviewedReferences