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Title: Policy Borrowing: Lessons from European Attempts to Transfer Training Practices
Authors: Turbin, Jill
First Published: 2000
Publisher: Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester
Citation: Centre for Labour Market Studies, Working Paper 27
Abstract: Globalisation has provided an impetus to the borrowing of policies and ‘best practices’ between countries. This paper looks specifically at such borrowing in the field of Vocational Education and Training (VET). Using case study data drawn from a wider evaluation of a European Programme, it demonstrates some of the barriers encountered when attempting to transfer training principles, practices and delivery systems from one country to another. Whilst acknowledging the importance of ‘learning’ at a broader level, the paper argues that VET systems are embedded within a wider societal, institutional and cultural context that limits the success of transfer.
Series/Report no.: CLMS Working Paper
Type: Report
Description: This paper was published as Working Paper 27 by the Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester. It is available from
This paper is based on an Evaluation of the FORCE programme for the Task Force Human Resources, and a subsequent research action project on the Transferability of Training for DGXXII, undertaken by the author and other colleagues at the Evaluation and Development Review Unit, Tavistock Institute, London. See Stern and Turbin, 1994 and Turbin, 1995
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