Global Actors and Policies on Youth Unemployment: Historical and Comparative Perspectives
Global mass youth unemployment now appears to be approaching endemic levels of persistence at almost ubiquitous scales. Diverse global policy actors continue to be active in this field, evidencing engagement with the common but divergent country profiles of youth unemployment, and crafting policy responses that might be portable, if not universalisable.
The paper reflects on the features and significance of international organisations’ policy discourses and practices in relation to restructuring youth labour markets. It updates and substantially extends Fergusson and Yeates' earlier (pre-2012) comparative historical data and analysis of IGO responses. Based on original unpublished research, it reviews most recent (2012+) evidence of further IGO involvement in this field, and assesses whether there is evidence of continuing convergence and further shifts in their policy positions. It asks whether IGOs have re-interpreted the common drivers of (youth) unemployment, and contemplated new policies and modes of intervention that are capable of addressing the potentially profound social and economic consequences of depriving young people of the right to work.
Reference: Fergusson, R. and Yeates, N. (2013) ‘International governmental organisations and global youth unemployment: the normative and ideational foundations of policy discourses’ , Policy and Politics (On-line)