Paradise lost and paradise postponed : vocational education and training policy in Germany and England
Brown, Alan, 1950 Aug. 27- (2001) Paradise lost and paradise postponed : vocational education and training policy in Germany and England. Work Employment and Society, Volume 15 (Number 2). pp. 403-409. ISSN 0950-0170Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950017001000241
These two books complement each other in their studies of vocational education and training (VET) policy. Current German policy debate, like English VET policy in the 1980s, is haunted by the ghost of the apparently perfect performance of German VET in the 1980s and its role in producing a high skills high wage economy. The benefits of paradise were always unevenly distributed to ‘outsiders’, but the rewards for German male skilled workers were impressive. I wonder though whether the almost universal approbation of the German VET system at that time, by policy makers and commentators from other countries, was at least partly influenced by the fact that it was a system where those interested in VET were themselves considered important. They were not pushed to the margins as so often happens elsewhere. Here was a system where those interested in VET were treated with respect.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Employment Research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Work Employment and Society|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||7|
|Page Range:||pp. 403-409|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Description:||Extended review article of Pepper Culpepper and David Finegold (eds.), The German Skills Machine: Sustaining Comparative Advantage in a Global Economy, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 1999, £56.00, xii+482 pp. Peter Raggatt and Steve Williams, Government, Markets and Vocational Qualifications: An Anatomy of Policy, London and New York: Falmer Press, 1999, £16.99, x+220 pp.|
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