Government policy and human resource development

Jonathan Winterton, Nigel Haworth

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Abstract

This chapter considers the role of government policies in promoting training and development in general, and especially policies designed to build sustainable growth by investing in workforce skills to raise productivity and performance. It is no exaggeration to claim that competence development is now explicitly and universally at the centre of social and economic policy, and not just education, training and employment policies, to a greater degree than ever before. This policy focus has been the result of inter-related political, economic, social, technological and organizational developments, each of which is briefly considered in the next section exploring the drivers of change. After outlining the changes promoting such unprecedented interest in human capital development, the following section traces the principal policy imperatives of international organizations and the strategies they have promoted. Section 4 explores how these policy imperatives have been taken up by supra-national bodies, contrasting the experiences of the European Union (EU) and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC). Given the diversity of constituent member states and member economies, Section 5 explores implementation by governments in each of these regions. Section 6 assesses the implications of the layered effects of global economic shift, the 2008 financial crisis and the unfolding post-2010 Eurozone sovereign debt crisis on efforts to increase human resource development (HRD). Finally some conclusions are offered on the challenges of developing policies for training and development in a rapidly changing world.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow Can HR Drive Growth?
EditorsGeorge Saridakis, Cary L. Cooper
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Pages74-99
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781781002261
ISBN (Print)9781781002254
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameNew Horizons in Management series
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Limited

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Human resource development
Government policy
Training and development
Economic cooperation
Asia-Pacific
Political economics
Role of government
Technological development
Financial crisis
Competence development
Productivity
Economic development
Government
Economics
International organizations
Investing
Political development
Human capital development
Organizational development
Education

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Winterton, J., & Haworth, N. (2013). Government policy and human resource development. In G. Saridakis, & C. L. Cooper (Eds.), How Can HR Drive Growth? (pp. 74-99). (New Horizons in Management series). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd..
Winterton, Jonathan ; Haworth, Nigel. / Government policy and human resource development. How Can HR Drive Growth?. editor / George Saridakis ; Cary L. Cooper. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2013. pp. 74-99 (New Horizons in Management series).
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Winterton, J & Haworth, N 2013, Government policy and human resource development. in G Saridakis & CL Cooper (eds), How Can HR Drive Growth?. New Horizons in Management series, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., pp. 74-99.

Government policy and human resource development. / Winterton, Jonathan; Haworth, Nigel.

How Can HR Drive Growth?. ed. / George Saridakis; Cary L. Cooper. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2013. p. 74-99 (New Horizons in Management series).

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