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ERIC Number: EJ774326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Across the Great Divide. From a Welfare State to a New Market State: The Case of VET
Ainley, Patrick
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v59 n3 p369-384 Sep 2007
This paper revisits the crucial period following the Arab oil boycott of 1973, when the welfare state in the UK finally collapsed along with the heavy industrial base upon which it rested. Unlike the post-war welfare-state "settlement", the new post-welfare market state was imposed by Margaret Thatcher's governments. It was marked for vocational education and training by the 1988 Education Reform Act and the 1992 Further and Higher Education Act. This legislation was part of what has been called "a succession of Acts of Parliament...[that] mark the most decisive break in British social policy since the period between 1944 and 1948". The paper revises and refines previous accounts to suggest that this outcome was not inevitable, nor is it sustainable, and that it is best comprehended as a new type of state formation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Wales); United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Reform Act 1988 (England); Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (Great Britain)