The Europeanisation of Vocational Education and Training

  • Christine Ante

Part of the Contributions to Political Science book series (CPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Christine Ante
    Pages 1-33
  3. Christine Ante
    Pages 193-229
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 231-260

About this book


This book explores the impact on EU member states of intensified European cooperation in the field of vocational education and training. By employing the Varieties of Capitalism approach as an analytical framework, it seeks to bridge diverging views from an innovative standpoint: While many experts argue that EU policies liberalize national training systems in spite of being ‘soft law’, Varieties of Capitalism argues that these polices do not produce a convergence of national institutions. The book maintains that European instruments such as the European Qualifications Framework and the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training are indeed biased towards liberal training regimes. On the basis of case studies on Germany, the Netherlands and England, it shows that the initiatives were implemented in line with national training systems. Thus, European soft law does not lead to a convergence of training regimes – or, as the book posits, of welfare states in general. 


Vocational Education and Training VET European Cooperation European Union Politics Varieties of Capitalism Copenhagen Process European Qualifications Framework European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training ECVET Comparative political economy

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  • Christine Ante
    • 1
  1. 1.Hertie School of GovernanceBerlinGermany

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