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Moving beyond skills as a social and economic panacea

Keep, Ewart John and Mayhew, Ken 2010. Moving beyond skills as a social and economic panacea. Work, Employment and Society 24 (3) , pp. 565-577. 10.1177/0950017010371663

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This article examines two inter-related issues. First, the tendency for UK skills policies to act as a substitute for other social and economic measures. Second, the problem of current conceptualisations of skills policy creating narrowly-drawn, technicist interventions that are frequently incommensurate with the scale of the problems which they purpor t to tackle. The ar ticle suggests that current policy formation processes, particularly in England, are being deployed in a manner that seeks to close off consideration of other potential avenues by which contemporary social and economic problems might be addressed. The case is made for a wider framing of both policy possibilities and avenues for relevant research to support such policy development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: jobs; skills; social equality
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0950-0170
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 08:59

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