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Polarization of the Qualification Structure of the Danish Labour Force: The Role of the Educational System in Post-War Denmark

Anders Mathiesen
Acta Sociologica
Vol. 23, No. 2/3, Studies in Political Processes and Interventions (1980), pp. 157-172
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4200638
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

The article presents some major empirical results concerning the development of the Danish labour force. Changes in the capacity and structure of the entire educational system during the past 20 years have already led to a polarization of the annual new intake of manpower to the labour market. This polarization is the combined effect of curriculum differentiation at school and structural differentiation, together with curriculum specialization, within -- especially -- vocational education and vocational training activities. The present article, however, only briefly discusses this polarization of the qualification structure resulting from the relationship between the educational system and the production system. In the capitalist mode of production and in a highly-developed capitalist society -- such as Denmark -- the educational system is part of an aggregate steering mechanism. Educational policy is part of a state-controlled exploitation. These empirical results show some of the economically rational forms in which this exploitation has been practised in post-war Denmark.

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