Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy, and labour market developments.

Volume 16 Issue 2, May 2010

In this issue, we discuss how the ability of individuals and firms to respond to the challenges of a volatile period is determined, in large measure, by the capacity of national and European institu- tions to support individual and collective learning throughout people’s working lives, increasing individuals’ employability over time. There is a premium for institutional environments which are able to respond to these volatile economic conditions by producing, acquiring and collaboratively sharing relevant knowledge and information through the various institutional agents which influ- ence the process of economic development and change. We shall also discuss what institutional obstacles may exist and how formal and informal learning may coexist to circumvent these obstacles.

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