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Politics At Work: How Employers Use Their Workers to Change US Politics and Policy

April 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Demonstrators stage a protest near the U.S. Supreme Court building, on the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, in Washington, January 20, 2012. Under the banner 'Occupy the Courts,' organizers expect thousands of people to rally on Friday at 150 courthouses to mark the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that protesters say allows unlimited corporate campaign donations. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) - RTR2WKZP

In 2010, the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court decision upheld corporations’ right to participate in politics, declaring that limits to their political spending would infringe on freedom of speech. But money is not the only political resource that corporations can use. Private companies have access to – and control over – powerful human capital in the form of their employees. Professor Hertel-Fernandez will discuss the huge impacts corporations are having on elections and public policy by mobilizing their workers. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Kim Voss of the UC Berkeley Sociology Department.

Thursday, April 12, 4:00 pm
IRLE Director’s Room
Lecture will be followed by a reception.


Alexander Hertel-Fernandez is an assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. He studies the political economy of the US, with an emphasis on the politics of organized interests and public policy.




Kim Voss is a professor of sociology and Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at UC Berkeley. She studies social movements, labor, inequality, higher education, and comparative-historical sociology.


April 12
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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IRLE Director’s Room
2521 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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