Spring 2003 Colloquia: Changing Labor Market Institutions in the U.S.
April 28, 2003 - 4:00pm, IRLE Director's Room
"Strategies for Labor"
Joel Rogers, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Law, Political Science, and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is founder and director of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. Joel has written widely on American politics and public policy, political theory, and U.S. and comparative industrial relations. His most recent books are What Workers Want (Cornell, 1999), Metro Futures: Economic Solutions for the Cities and their Suburbs (Beacon, 1999), America's Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still Matters (Basic, 2000), and Working Capital: Using the Power of Labor's Pensions (Cornell, 2001). A contributing editor of The Nation and Boston Review, a MacArthur Foundation fellow, and a longtime social and political activist as well as academic, Joel was identified by Newsweek as one of the 100 Americans most likely to affect U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century.
April 14, 2003 - 4:00pm, IRLE Director's Room
"America's Unions: Building to Win, Building to Last"
March 3, 2003 - 12:00-1:30pm, IRLE Director's Room
"Social Capital and Union Revitalization in the Construction Trades"
Locke’s research focuses on economic adjustment and development,
comparative labor relations, and political economy. He is currently
working on a book, Development without Trust?, that
examines patterns of economic development in southern Italy
and northeast Brazil, two regions supposedly void of trust and
lacking the “right” institutions – both factors
often seen as prerequisites for development. Locke’s book
shows that both trust and development can be created in these
two supposedly “backward” regions and that this
has implications for development in other regions as well. As
part of a multi-year research project funded by the Ford and
Rockefeller Foundations, Locke and three of his MIT colleagues
(professors Osterman, Kochan, and Piore) have recently published
Working in America (MIT Press, 2001) on new forms of
labor market institutions in the United States. Locke is director
of the MIT Italy Program, an innovative collaboration with Italian
private and public partners to advance education and research
in areas of common interest to the United States and Italy.
In addition to MIT, Locke has taught at the Universita Degli
Studi Ca’Foscari in Venice, Italy; the Georg-August Universitat
in Gottingen, Germany; and the Federal University of Rio de
Janeiro. At MIT, Locke teaches both in the Sloan School of management
and in the Department of Political Science. At Sloan, Locke
and his colleague, Simon Johnson have pioneered the popular
Global Entrepreneurship Laboratory, a course that teaches students
about entrepreneurship in developing countries by placing then
in internships with start-ups in an array of companies in various
His publications include Remaking the Italian Economy (Cornell University Press, 1995, 1997); and with Thomas and Michael Piore; Employment Relations in a Changing World Economy (MIT Press, 1995). He has also published numerous articles in Politics & Society, Industrial Relations Research Review, European Journal of Industrial Relations, and Stato E Mercato.
February 24, 2003 - 4:00pm, IRLE Director's Room
"The Call Center Industry: Consumers & Workers in the Information Age"
Rosemary Batt is Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies at the Industrial and Labor Relations School, Cornell University. She received her BA from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include strategic human resource management, service sector productivity and competitiveness, work organization and teams, and labor market analysis. She has written extensively on service management strategies and the restructuring of the telecommunications services industry. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in such journals as Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and the British Journal of Industrial Relations. She is co-author of The New American Workplace: Transforming Work Systems in the United States, Cornell University Press.
February 10, 2003 - 4:00pm, IRLE Director's Room
"Institutionalizing Preferences: Corrupt vs. Social Unions"
This study considers how different union leadership and participatory
styles become institutionalized and with what consequences for
union “culture” and leadership power. Levi finds
that whatever their initial preferences, most members come to
share their leader’s preference for type and aims of the
union, and she provides some reasons for this. The focus is
particularly on James R. Hoffa, IBT, and Harry S. Bridges, ILWU,
with some comparison to counterparts in Australia.
Margaret Levi is the Jere L. Bacharach Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle. She held the Harry Bridges Chair and served as Director of the UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, 1996-2000. Levi earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1968 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974, the year she joined the faculty of the University of Washington.
Levi is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, including Of Rule and Revenue (1988), Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism (1997), Analytic Narratives (1998), Trust and Governance (1998), and Trust and its Alternatives (in progress). She is the general editor of Studies in Comparative Politics for Cambridge University Press and serves on numerous editorial boards. She directs the WTO History Project.
January 27, 2003
"The Attack on Retirement"
Erosions in the private pension system may force workers to
spend many more years in the workforce, reversing decades of
improvements in workers' retirement opportunities. Ghilarducci
challenges the prevailing wisdom and directive on the economics
of aging that states: "We are living longer, we should
Teresa Ghilarducci is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. She is also director of the Higgins Labor Research Center; former Member of the Board of Trustees: Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund; former Advisory Board Member, Pensions Benefit Guaranty Corporation; and Fellow, National Academy of Social Insurance.