Skill Formation Regimes in South Asia

A Comparative Study on the Path-Dependent Development of Technical and Vocational Education and Training for the Garment Industry

by Markus Maurer (Author)
Thesis XXIV, 449 Pages


In the face of accelerated economic globalisation, many of the industries in economically less developed countries have become more technology-intensive. Skill formation processes, both inside and outside firms, are therefore changing. This study scrutinises such transformations by comparing – from the perspective of historical institutionalism – the skill formation regimes of the garment industries in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It sheds light on the differences between the trajectories of the in-firm skill formation regimes of the two countries, and reveals the important part that varying paths of educational development in both countries have played in shaping these trajectories. At the same time, the study shows how, in both countries, state-led skill formation regimes have been transformed not only by market forces and the growing importance of corporate business interests, but also by the social demand for educational credentials.


XXIV, 449
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2011 (April)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XXIV, 449 pp., 2 fig., 11 tables

Biographical notes

Markus Maurer (Author)

Markus Maurer is a Senior Lecturer in the field of secondary and vocational education at the University of Zurich. His research focuses on comparative policy analysis in education and on vocational education and training in developing countries.


Title: Skill Formation Regimes in South Asia