The Political Economy of Collective Skill Formation

Hardcover | December 24, 2011

EditorMarius R. Busemeyer, Christine Trampusch

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Education, skill formation, and training continue to be important areas of consideration for both public policy and research. This book examines the particular types of vocational training known as collective skill formation systems, whereby the training (often firm-based apprenticeships) iscollectively organized by businesses and unions with state support and cooperation in execution, finance, and monitoring.With contributions from leading academics, this book is the first to provide a comprehensive analysis of the varying historical origins of, and recent developments in, vocational training systems, offering in-depth studies on coordinated market economies, namely Germany, Austria, Switzerland, theNetherlands, and Denmark. It also contains comparative chapters that analyse how these countries react to common challenges such as deindustrialization, labour market stratification, academic drift, gender inequalities, and Europeanization. Whereas previous research has focused on the differences between various kinds of skill regimes, this book focuses on explaining institutional variety within the group of collective skill formation systems. The development of skill formation systems is regarded as a dynamic political process,dependent on the outcome of various political struggles regarding such matters as institutional design and transformations during critical junctures in historical development.

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Education, skill formation, and training continue to be important areas of consideration for both public policy and research. This book examines the particular types of vocational training known as collective skill formation systems, whereby the training (often firm-based apprenticeships) iscollectively organized by businesses and unio...

Marius R. Busemeyer is a Professor of Political Science and head of an Emmy Noether research group at the University of Konstanz. Prior to this, he was a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. His research focuses on the comparative political economy of education regimes and welfare states...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:December 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Kathleen Thelen: ForewordIntroduction1. Marius R. Busemeyer, Christine Trampusch: Introduction: The Comparative Political Economy of Collective Skill FormationSection I: Country Studies2. Cathie Jo Martin: Vocational Training and the Origins of Coordination: Specific Skills and the Politics of Collective Action3. Kathleen Thelen, Marius R. Busemeyer: Institutional Change in German Vocational Training: From Collectivism towards Segmentalism4. Karen Anderson, Dennie Oude Nijhuis: The Development of the Vocational Training System in the Netherlands5. Philipp Gonon, Markus Maurer: Educational Policy Actors as Stakeholders in the Development of the Collective Skills System: The Case of Switzerland6. Justin Powell, Lukas Graf, Lorenz Lassnigg: Austrian Corporatism and Institutional Change in the Relationship between Apprenticeship Training and School-Based VET7. Moira Nelson: The Social Partners and the Social Democratic Party in the Continuation of a Collective Skill System in DenmarkSection II: Crosscutting Topics and Contemporary Challenges8. Marius R. Busemeyer, Torben Iversen: Collective Skill Systems, Wage Bargaining, and Labor Market Stratification9. Rita Nikolai, Christian Ebner: The Links between Vocational Training and Higher Education in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany10. Margarita Estevez-Abe: Gendered Consequences of Vocational Training11. Justin Powell, Christine Trampusch: Europeanization and the Varying Responses in Collective Skill SystemsConclusion12. Wolfgang Streeck: Skills and Politics: General and Specific