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The Political Economy of Skill and the Limits of Education Policy

Lloyd, Caroline ORCID: and Payne, Jonathan 2003. The Political Economy of Skill and the Limits of Education Policy. Journal of Education Policy 18 (1) , pp. 85-107. 10.1080/0268093032000042227

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In the UK policy context, skills, education and learning are seen as a universal solution to a vast array of economic and social problems. In challenging this view, this paper argues that those educationalists calling for progressive reforms to the education system need to acknowledge the reality of the contemporary workplace and the institutional context of UK capitalism. When it comes to the question of how the UK might move towards a more inclusive high skills society, no matter where we start to look - be it the economy or a highly class-divided English education system - it all seems to add up badly. In challenging the current policy agenda, educationalists will need to insist that progressive educational reform cannot be separated from the struggle for broader political, social and economic change.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
ISSN: 14645106
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:26

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