Politics at Work: A Discussion of Corporate Influence Over Worker Politics with Alex Hertel-Fernandez
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
Registration at 5:30 PM
Discussion begins promptly at 6:00 PM
Program concludes at 7:15 PM
The Roosevelt Institute
570 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 11103
The Roosevelt Institute is a leading voice explaining how disparities of economic power negatively impact the daily lives of families and working Americans, and jeopardize our political system. We are happy to invite you to an evening discussion of groundbreaking research, conducted by a member of the Roosevelt family, which elucidates a new threat posed by runaway corporate power.
Employers are increasingly exercising influence over their workers’ politics in order to change elections and remake public policy. In Politics at Work (Oxford University Press, March 2018), Roosevelt Institute Campus Network alum and Columbia University assistant professor Alexander Hertel-Fernandez explains explains why more firms have sought to shape the politics of their workers in recent decades. Using a diverse array of original evidence, the book describes how powerful firms are able to use their workers to advance narrow, corporate-friedly political objectives.
Please join us for two discussions. The first will feature Hertel-Fernandez and Roosevelt Fellow Sabeel Rahman discussing the root causes and dangers of corporate political influence over workers. The speakers will discuss the intertwined relationship between inequality, market concentration, and corporate political clout. The second discussion will feature Roosevelt Institute Campus Network Director Nehemiah Rolle, discussing Hertel-Fernandez’s campus network background, the need for a new generation of progressive policy researchers and advocates, and the current deficit of organizational infrastructure dedicated to nurturing and amplifying these voices.