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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

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

Colin Crouch

David Finegold

Mari Sako

Oxford University Press

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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