Stealing the skills agenda? Devolution, business and post-16 education and training in Wales

N. A. Phelps, D. C. Valler, A. Wood

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Abstract

This article considers the role of business interests within the devolved political and governmental arrangements introduced by New Labour. We focus on the involvement of business in shaping post-16 education and training policy in Wales. Continuities apparent in the Process of devolution across its administrative and political forms have produced a distinctive Welsh political economy involving public sector-dominated policy agendas periodically punctured by specific business interests. Devolution appears to have underlined such continuities. An increased imperviousness of public sector-dominated post-16 education and training strategy-making to business interests coexists with the ability of specific business interests to distort such strategies at an operational levell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-579
Number of pages21
JournalPolicy and Politics
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

Keywords

  • Business interests
  • Devolution
  • Education and training policy
  • Wales

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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