The Emmy Noether Project "The Politics of Education and Training Reforms in Western Welfare States" analyzes vocational training and higher education systems and their historical and political origins from an internationally comparative perspective.
The project aims to answer which institutional and political factors have led to the establishment of these different education systems. Primarily, we are interested in the case of Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom, although other countries such as Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, the United States and Japan will also be looked at.
The time period of analysis is from the 1950s until today. The central working hypothesis is that the actions of government parties during critical junctures in historical development were decisive in the establishment of different development paths. Partisan ideologies, strategies and preferences are, however, embedded in political and socio-econmic institutions. Therefore, the analysis of the linkage between partisan politics and varieties of capitalism with regard to the establishment of different skill regimes is the main theoretical contribution of the project.
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Marius Busemeyer
Project researchers: Dr. Janis Vossiek, Dr. Julian L. Garritzmann; former project researchers: Dr. Michael Dobbins, Dr. Raphaela Schlicht-Schmälzle