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Stealing the skills agenda? Devolution, business and post-16 education and training in Wales

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  • 1 School of Geography, University of Southampton, UK
  • | 2 Department of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University, Ames, USA
  • | 3 Department of Geography, University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA
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This article considers the role of business interests within the devolved political and governmental arrangements introduced by New Labour. We focus on the involvement of business in shaping post-16 education and training policy in Wales. Continuities apparent in the process of devolution across its administrative and political forms have produced a distinctive Welsh political economy involving public sector-dominated policy agendas periodically punctured by specific business interests. Devolution appears to have underlined such continuities. An increased imperviousness of public sector-dominated post-16 education and training strategy-making to business interests coexists with the ability of specific business interests to distort such strategies at an operational level.

  • 1 School of Geography, University of Southampton, UK
  • | 2 Department of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University, Ames, USA
  • | 3 Department of Geography, University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA

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