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Skilled Work and Job Quality

Francis Green

in Skills and Skilled Work

Published in print June 2013 | ISBN: 9780199642854
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191808661 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199642854.003.0001
Skilled Work and Job Quality

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This book presents a political economy of skills and skilled work. Drawing on a multidisciplinary framework involving economics, sociology, management, psychology, and political science, it describes skills as personal qualities with three key features: productive (using skills at work are productive of value), expandable (skills are enhanced by training and development), and social (skills are socially determined). It also examines the contested and ambivalent character of skill and sets out the essential economic framework that houses the generation and use of skills in the capitalist economy, with particular emphasis on the role of employers in the demand for skilled labour and in the supply of skill formation services, as well as the extent to which workers can make rational decisions in their role of supplying skilled labour and in their demands for learning new skills. Finally, the book considers the skill system as a whole, comprising both markets and the institutions that support them.

Keywords: political economy; skills; skilled work; personal qualities; capitalist economy; employers; skilled labour; skill formation services; workers; markets

Chapter.  2642 words. 

Subjects: Microeconomics

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