Limits to neoliberal governance: active labour market policies and vocational training courses in Ankara /

Kayaduvar, Merve
Active Labour Market Policies began to be implemented all over the world especially since the 1990s to combat the unemployment. With reference to the idea that the great majority of the unemployment is structural and the labour force is lack of the necessary skills and qualifications, in the context of active labour market policies, the vocational training courses were popularized in order to enable inactive portion of the labour force with skills deemed necessary by the labour market. Correspondingly, in Turkey the vocational training courses have gained prominence especially since the 2000s. In this study, the aim is to analyse the implementation process of the vocational training courses conducted by the Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR) in the case of Ankara and this study argues that the contracting out of the vocational training courses to the private sector in the context of neoliberal logic of governance leads to policy deadlocks in the implementation process which generates dysfunctional policy environment and waste of resources. Therefore, in Turkey vocational training courses do not serve to the intended purpose of enhancing the employability of the unemployed people. In this regard, this study discusses that on the contrary to the neoliberal claims, the neoliberal logic of governance prescribed as prerequisite to the implementation process of active labour market policies particularly vocational training courses contradicts with the neoliberal objectives of efficiency and effectiveness.


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M. Kayaduvar, “Limits to neoliberal governance: active labour market policies and vocational training courses in Ankara /,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.