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Business, as usual: the policy priorities of the World Bank’s discourses on youth unemployment and the global financial crisis

Fergusson, Ross and Yeates, Nicola (2013). Business, as usual: the policy priorities of the World Bank’s discourses on youth unemployment and the global financial crisis. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 29(1) pp. 64–78.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/21699763.2013.803998
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Abstract

This article undertakes a detailed analysis of the formative role of the World Bank (WB) in the framing of youth unemployment. It charts the WB’s emergence as a powerful political actor in this policy field and identifies the ideational content of its policy discourses. Four principal themes are identified: skills deficits; the effects of employment regulation and social protection on youth labour markets; the ‘demographication’ of explanations for burgeoning youth unemployment; and connections between youth unemployment, criminal activity and social disorder. The discussion highlights significant evidence of neo-liberal continuity and reinvention in WB discourses as its normative and ideational frameworks are extended to new terrains of analysis in ways that infer direct links between youth unemployment, social protection and social cohesion.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2169-978X
Keywords: World Bank; social policy; unemployment; young people; neoliberalism; social cohesion; social disorder.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
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Item ID: 37416
Depositing User: Ross Fergusson
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2013 12:10
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 13:08
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/37416
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