An Imperative to Adjust?

Skill Formation in England and Germany

  • Authors
  • Joachim Wentzel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-9
  2. Joachim Wentzel
    Pages 11-21
  3. Joachim Wentzel
    Pages 23-53
  4. Joachim Wentzel
    Pages 61-114
  5. Joachim Wentzel
    Pages 115-216
  6. Joachim Wentzel
    Pages 295-302
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 303-318

About this book


This book deals with education systems and the change observed within them alongside changes in the wider political economy. The research is conducted by way of a comparative case study of England and Germany. Extending the VoC approach, not only vocational education and training but also school education and higher education are analysed. The point of departure is the puzzling fact that the current reforms of the education systems of both countries are departing from the paths predicted by the VoC approach. The thesis thus argues against institutional path-dependency in the two countries, and in favour of an ideational approach based on discursive institutionalism.

This book is essential reading for researchers in the social sciences, comparative political sciences and educational sciences.


Case study Educational Reforms Process tracing Pädagogik Varieties of Capitalism

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2011
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-531-18063-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-531-92797-8
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