The GOVPET Leading House is concerned with the governance of vocational and professional education and training in countries characterized by a collective skill formation system (most notably Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland). Collective skill formation systems are highly relevant for researchers interested in the conditions, patterns and effects of cooperation and collective action because they combine a public commitment to vocational training with a strong firm involvement in the organization, financing and administration of training. As a result, in terms of governance, collective skill formation systems face the complex challenge of cooperation dilemmas and allow for important insights into the functioning of coordinated capitalism.

Substantively, the GOVPET Leading House is organized around three questions. First, several projects analyze activities to maintain, develop and encourage cooperation and collective action. In this context, we have also developed a large database on the so-called organizations of the world of work in Switzerland. A second group of projects examines how collective skill formation systems are changing in response to new demands and challenges. In these projects, the focus is on the politics of institutional change. Finally, several projects explore how the logics of dual training and inclusiveness can be brought together.

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