Social Dialogue and Life-long learning in the new EU member states: “reform fit” in Latvia
2008 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, E-ISSN 1461-7269, Vol. 18, no 1, 79-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Vocational education and training (VET) is regarded by EU policymakers as crucial to creating a high-skill workforce capable of adapting to European and global demands in an intensified competitive environment. It is part of the so-called Copenhagen Process, in which social dialogue between employers and employees is seen as an important means of realizing policy. However, many of the new member states from the Eastern European countries which joined the European Union in 2004 have only weak forms of social dialogue. Moreover, the prevailing neo-liberal environment in many post-communist new member states undermines ‘reform fit’ between broad European social policy goals and narrower domestic agendas. This article explores the resulting problems in social dialogue with regard to VET in the new member states, using Latvia as a case-study.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
UK: Sage , 2008. Vol. 18, no 1, 79-87 p.
social dialogue, vocational education, life-long learning, new EU member states, Latvia, policy implementation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-56749DOI: 0.1177/0958928707084455OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-56749DiVA: diva2:321844