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The job training charade

Author: Gordon Lafer
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A comprehensive critique showing that training has been a near-total failure. Examines the economic assumptions and track record of training policy, and provides a political analysis of why job training has remained so popular despite widespread evidence of its failure. [book jacket].
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Lafer
ISBN: 0801439647 9780801439643 0801489512 9780801489518
OCLC Number: 48674540
Awards: Winner of Cowinner of the C. Wright Mills Award (Society for.
Description: ix, 297 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: How many jobs are there? : labor demand and the limits of training policy --
How important is education? : rhetoric and reality in the skills mismatch debate --
Does job training work? : lessons from the Job Training Partnership Act --
Power and "empowerment" : the final frontier of job training --
The politics of job training : the legislative history of JTPA --
Job training after welfare reform : training for discipline --
Conclusion : job training as political diversion.
Responsibility: Gordon Lafer.

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Job training has long been promoted as a central policy response to poverty and unemployment. Both Democrats and Republicans have trumpeted training as the answer to everything from welfare to NAFTA.  Read more...

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"Why does job training remain the policy of choice to address poverty and underemployment even though it has an almost totally unimpressive record of accomplishment? Gordon Lafer answers this Read more...

 
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