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Guarded transitions?: Youth trajectories and school-to-work transition policies in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science. (Ungas utbildning, karriärutveckling och välfärd (UKV))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5791-081X
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, ISSN 0267-3843, Vol. 19, no Suppl 1, 19-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden as in most other OECD countries, school-to-work transitions have become extended and uncertain endeavours. School dropout and youth unemployment rates are comparatively high, and the so-called yo–yo transitions are common. Although traditionally characterised as a prominent example of a social democratic welfare regime, Sweden has recently incorporated numerous neo-liberal ideas into its educational and youth policies. The responsibility for managing and implementing these policies has been extensively devolved to the country’s 290 municipalities. Moreover, young people are increasingly expected to take exclusive responsibility for forging their own careers, and to be self-governing, enterprising and proactive, both within the educational quasi-market and beyond. The aim of this article was to critically analyse current Swedish national school-to-work transition policies as well as the ways in which local strategies and measures are implemented and developed within individual municipalities given the relatively broad latitude available to them, and to provide some tentative explanations for Sweden’s problems with school dropout rates and youth unemployment.

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London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Vol. 19, no Suppl 1, 19-34 p.
Keyword [en]
school-to-work transitions, dropout; youth policies, local policies, Sweden
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Pedagogical Work
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educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85018DOI: 10.1080/02673843.2013.852593OAI: diva2:690922
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Swedish Research Council, 2009-5964
Available from: 2014-01-25 Created: 2014-01-25 Last updated: 2015-04-21Bibliographically approved

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