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How Institutions Evolve : The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States, and Japan - Kathleen Thelen

How Institutions Evolve

The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States, and Japan


Published: 18th January 2005
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The institutional arrangements governing skill formation are widely seen as a key element in the institutional constellations defining 'varieties of capitalism' across the developed democracies. This book explores the origins and evolution of such institutions in four countries - Germany, Britain, the United States and Japan. It traces cross-national differences in contemporary training regimes back to the nineteenth century, and specifically to the character of the political settlement achieved among employers in skill-intensive industries, artisans, and early trade unions. The book also tracks evolution and change in training institutions over a century of development, uncovering important continuities through putative 'break points' in history. Crucially, it also provides insights into modes of institutional change that are incremental but cumulatively transformative. The study underscores the limits of the most prominent approaches to institutional change, and identifies the political processes through which the form and functions of institutions can be radically reconfigured over time.

'This book should be required reading for every academic writing about, or conducting research into, skills. ... I can thoroughly recommend this book.' Industrial Relations Journal

The political economy of skills in comparative-historical perspective
The evolution of skill formation in Germany
The evolution of skill formation in Britain
The evolution of skill formation in Japan and the United States
Evolution and change in the German system of vocational training
Conclusions, empirical and theoretical
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ISBN: 9780521546744
ISBN-10: 0521546745
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 18th January 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47