Workforce Development Politics: Civic Capacity and Performance

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Overview

If 88% of Americans believe that education and training resources should be available to the jobless and more than two-thirds of employers have identified workforce and skills shortages as top priorities, why aren't we, as a society, able to provide that training in such a way that it leads to long-term economic security? This book looks at the politics of local and regional workforce development: the ways politicians and others concerned with the workforce systems have helped or hindered that process. Contributors examine the current systems that are in place in these cities and the potential for systemic reform through case studies of Denver, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Seattle.

Published in association with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592132294
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 2/13/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,142,110
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The "Local" in Workforce Development Politics: An Introduction 1
2 The Politics of Workforce Development: Constructing a Performance Regime in Denver 30
3 Ecologies of Workforce Development in Milwaukee 75
4 Workforce Systems Change in a Politically Fragmented Environment 102
5 Workforce Systems Change in Seattle 140
6 Workforce Development Policy in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region: A Critical Overview and Assessment 176
7 Comparative Local Workforce Politics in Six Cities: Theory and Action 212
8 Poverty and the Workforce Challenge 249
About the Contributors 281
Index 283
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