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25th Annual Kingsley Laffer Memorial Lecture

25th Oct 2017 6:00pm-7:30pm

The Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies warmly invites you to join us for the 25th Annual Kingsley Laffer Memorial Lecture by Professor Chris Howell.

Chris Howell is the James Monroe Professor of Politics at Oberlin College. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale. He is the author of numerous articles on labor politics, comparative political economy and left parties in Western Europe, and three books, Trajectories of Neoliberal Transformation: European Industrial Relations Since the 1970s (with Lucio Bacccaro), Regulating Labor: The State and Industrial Relations Reform in France and Trade Unions and the State: Constructing Industrial Relations Institutions in Britain, 1890–2000. The latter won the 2006 Labor History prize for best book in labor studies.

Industrial relations institutions have been transformed across the advanced capitalist world over the last thirty-five years. For all the national differences, one clear commonality has been a substantially enhanced, and a somewhat new, role for the state in this transformation. On the face of it, neoliberalism and globalization ought to imply a retreat of the state, and yet quite the opposite has happened, at least with regard to industrial relations. This lecture will examine the sources of state intervention in the neoliberal era, the new forms of intervention, and the explanation for differences in national forms of state intervention.

Find out more about Kingsley Laffer and past lectures here.

Date: Wednesday 25 October 2017
Time: 6.00 - 7.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1040, Abercrombie Building (H70), The University of Sydney

This is a free lecture.