Deskilling in the 21st Century: The case of rail privatisation

Bart Cole, Christine Cooper

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper considers the impact of privatisation on the tacit knowledge and skills of the railway industry staff. It argues that while rail privatisation was consistent with the neo-liberal economic agenda, the particular form that it took in the UK in some ways exacerbated the loss of worker knowledge within the industry. Arguably, this loss of knowledge had an impact of safety. The form that the privatisation took was shaped by many factors including the activities of large accounting firms and advisors to government. However, accounting skills could have been used to enhance the safety of the industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-625
Number of pages25
JournalCritical Perspectives on Accounting
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • rail privatisation
  • economic agenda
  • accounting skills


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