Skills and Skilled Work: An Economic and Social Analysis

Hardcover | July 10, 2013

byFrancis Green

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Skills are frequently in the news and in the public eye in every country. Stories highlight concerns about education and literacy standards, grades, learning by rote, and university students being unprepared for work, as well as debates surrounding internships and apprenticeships, and socialexclusion through skills policy. The recent financial crisis has forced education and training to take a back seat, and has caused an increase in youth unemployment. Skill and skilled work are widely considered important for promoting both prosperity and social justice. But how do we define skill? Skills and Skilled Work brings together multiple perspectives - economics, sociology, management, psychology, and political science - to present an original framework for understanding skills, skilled work, and surrounding policies. Focussing on common themes across countries, it establishes theconcept and measurement of skill, and investigates the role of employers, workers, and other social actors. It considers a variety of skill problems and how a social response from the government can be understood. Based on the findings of economics, management science, and theories of socialdetermination, it develops a rationale for social intervention beyond market failure. This book weighs up both the prospects and the limitations of what can be achieved for societies with a better emphasis on skills and skilled work, and it promotes the study of skill in modern economies as a distinct sub-field.

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Skills are frequently in the news and in the public eye in every country. Stories highlight concerns about education and literacy standards, grades, learning by rote, and university students being unprepared for work, as well as debates surrounding internships and apprenticeships, and socialexclusion through skills policy. The recent f...

Francis Green is Professor of Work and Education Economics at Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES), Institute of Education. After graduating in Physics at Balliol College, Oxford University, he studied Economics at the London School of Economics, before writing his PhD thesis at Birkbeck Co...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:July 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199642850

ISBN - 13:9780199642854

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Table of Contents

Part I : Skill Concepts and Frameworks1. Skilled Work and Job Quality2. What Is Skill?3. Framing the Analysis of Skilled Work4. The Measurement of SkillPart II: The Players5. Employers and the Evolution of Skilled Work6. Employers and Skill Formation7. Skills and Skilled Work for WorkersPart III : Systems and Interventions8. Skill Matching Processes, Problems, and Outcomes9. Skill Systems and the Role of the State10. Skills Analysis for Modern Economies11. Threads and Limits