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Debates about governance both within and outside of the South African state are increasingly turning to the question of co-ordination failure the inability of government to make interventions in key problem areas which require the inputs and actions of several government departments and agencies acting in concert with each other. Too often, the opposite occurs the silo effect where government departments work in isolation, unable and in some cases, unwilling to act on the interdependencies that straddle their governance responsibilities.

In this monograph, Andre Kraak introduces the debate about the importance of state co-ordination or joining up in the area of education and work. He does so, firstly, by adapting the highly influential British scholarship on high skills societies to South Africas inherited low skills development trajectory. Secondly, he invites the leading scholars behind the high skills thesis - Hugh Lauder, David Ashton and Phillip Brown to debate some of the issues of joined up government, cross-sectoral state co-ordination and the importance of high skills in the South African context.

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ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2133-4
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Preface

Acronyms

1. High skills and joined-up policy: introduction to the debate
Andre Kraak

2. The high-skills thesis
Hugh Lauder and Phillip Brown

3. Globalisation, skills formation & the dilemmas of integrated policy: the case of South Africa
Hugh Lauder, Phillip Brown and David Ashton

References

Andre Kraak was Executive Director of the Research Programme on Education, Science and Skills Development at the Human Sciences Research Council at the time of this publication.

Hugh Lauder is Professor of Education and Political Economy in the Education Department, University of Bath, United Kingdom.

Phillip Brown is a Research Professor in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, United Kingdom.

David Ashton is a Visiting Professor at Cardiff University. Previously he was Director of the Centre for Labour Market Studies at Leicester University.

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