IRLE Spring Seminar: The Changing World of Work, Societal Linkages, and Political Parties in Latin America

Seminar | April 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, IRLE Director's Room

 2521 Channing Way

 Mathias Poertner, IRLE Dissertation Fellow, UC Berkeley Political Science

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

In the golden age of Latin America’s labor movement, unions were the main representatives of popular interests and, for many citizens, formed the main tie to the political arena. But the neoliberal reforms of the 1980s sent many workers into the informal sector – work that is untaxed, unregulated and, historically, underrepresented politically. Recently, however, new types of popular class organizations have emerged among Latin American workers, including informal sector unions and peasant unions. This research analyzes how these different organizations interact with political parties, and how they can help parties connect with voters and take root in society.

A light lunch will be provided.

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 Charlotte Rutty,