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Are Skills the Answer?The Political Economy of Skill Creation in Advanced Industrial Countries$
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Colin Crouch, David Finegold, and Mari Sako

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294382

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198294382.001.0001

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The Dispiriting Search for the Learning Society

The Dispiriting Search for the Learning Society

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(p.1) 1 The Dispiriting Search for the Learning Society
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Are Skills the Answer?
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Colin Crouch

David Finegold

Mari Sako

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198294382.003.0001

This chapter proposes the search for the ‘learning society’. The goal of the learning society presents itself initially as a set of clear and simple messages. For individuals it is: ‘get educated to as high a level as you are able’. For firms: ‘keep working to improve the knowledge base of your activities in order to stay ahead of low-cost competition’. In the attempt to find grounds for optimism, policy-makers are clutching at the idea of the learning society with insufficient attention to its limitations and to ways in which its pursuit presents awkward choices rather than a smooth consensus. This chapter explores these difficult choices as they emerge in the experience of leading industrial nations.

Keywords:   learning society, individuals, firms, policy-makers, choices, consensus

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