The Folly of Employability: The Case for a Citizen-Driven Market Economy
Youth employability
Tertiary education
Citizenship education
Economic development
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Laker, J., Naval, C., Mrnjaus, K. (2014) «The Folly of Employability: The Case for a Citizen-Driven Market Economy». Annales - Ser. hist. sociol.- 24 - 2014 - 3, 397-406.
In this conceptual essay, the authors argue that the present approach taken in crafting economic, educational, and employment policies and structures imagines people as inanimate objects for policy makers and industry titans to leverage for their own interests. When the population is not immediately willing or able to accommodate the production and profi t-making desires of the leaders, it is framed as a shortcoming in individuals and their communities rather than as a mismatch with the implicit assumptions of those promulgating such expectations. The authors develop an argument that if the policy makers and industry leaders truly believe in market solutions, then they should respect the vocational aspirations of the people and provide support for education and entrepreneurial skills to be developed in individuals to use as they wish. This recasting of a so-called “market” approach places the workers at the centre, believing that much stronger and sustainable economic returns would be realised whilst developing strong social capital in the process.

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