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High Skills: Globalization, Competitiveness, and Skill Formation

Phillip Brown, Andy Green, and Hugh Lauder


Economic globalization has led to intense debates about the competitiveness of nations. Prosperity, social justice, and welfare are now seen to depend on the creation of a ‘high-skilled’ workforce. This international consensus around high skills has led recent American presidents to claim themselves ‘education presidents’ and in Britain, Tony Blair announced that ‘talent is twenty-first-century wealth’. This view of knowledge-driven capitalism has led all the developed economies to increase numbers of highly-trained people in preparation for technical, professional, and managerial employment. ... More

Keywords: economic globalization, competitiveness, prosperity, social justice, welfare, workforce, high skills, education presidents, Tony Blair, talent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244188
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244188.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip Brown, author
Research Professor, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Andy Green, author
Professor of Education, Lifelong Learning, London University Institute of Education

Hugh Lauder, author
Professor in the Department of Education, University of Bath