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Skills and Skilled WorkAn Economic and Social Analysis$
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Francis Green

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199642854

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199642854.001.0001

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Skill Systems and the Role of the State

Skill Systems and the Role of the State

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Skills and Skilled Work
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Francis Green

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199642854.003.0009

This chapter examines the potential role of government in the promotion of skilled work or the generation of skills within the context of different varieties of a capitalist economy. It begins with an overview of different skill systems in a liberal market economy in contrast to coordinated market economy systems and the developmental economy skill systems of East Asia. It suggests that the arguments for and against skills interventions should be conducted both in terms of potential market failure (the conventional viewpoint) and in terms of the relative capacities and efficiencies of the actors — workers, employers, and government (the less-conventional managerial viewpoint). The chapter also considers the reasons for government and government agencies to be involved in skilled work and skill formation before concluding with a critique of human capital theory's negative conclusions on training interventions.

Keywords:   government, skilled work, capitalist economy, skill systems, skills interventions, workers, employers, human capital theory, skill formation

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