THE NEXT DECADE: THE ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND SOCIAL CONTEXT OF EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING POLICIES

John Palmer

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Abstract

The conservative challenge of the Reagan administration has not produced a full‐scale reversal of the liberal policies and social programs developed by earlier administrations and seems unlikely to do so now. Nevertheless, the continuities in American social and political history, the changed economic and fiscal circumstances of the current era, and growing public appreciation of the limits of federal action and of institutional capabilities are likely to effect a reduction in the level of federal spending for social programs in the foreseeable future and force the states to assume larger fiscal and programmatic roles. Implications for future employment and training policies include continued decentralization, a shift in focus away from training new entrants to retraining mid‐career workers, and greater emphasis on meeting cost‐effectiveness tests as program goals seek to promote economic efficiency rather than social objectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-694
Number of pages10
JournalReview of Policy Research
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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