Michael McCarthy Visits CGWR and Speaks on Dismantling Solidarity

McCarthy presented on his recent book, 'Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and American Pensions since the New Deal,' as part of the CGWR Speaker Series.
Michael McCarthy Visits CGWR and Speaks on Dismantling Solidarity

Micheal McCarthy with students from the MPS program in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights

By Katherine Maich

On February 27th, the Center for Global Workers’ Rights welcomed Michael McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. McCarthy presented on his recent book, Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and American Pensions since the New Deal, as part of the CGWR Speaker Series. Dismantling Solidarity, published in 2017 by Cornell University Press, won the American Sociological Association's Paul Sweezy Book Award and the Labor and Labor Movements' Distinguished Book Award Honorable Mention. Faculty and grad students from several departments along with interested community members attended McCarthy’s talk, in which he explored the relationship between capitalism and democracy in the U.S., looking specifically at ways that structural factors drive policy change. McCarthy focuses on pension marketization in his theoretically and empirically rich text, weaving together a historically grounded analysis of the political economy of the welfare state.

While visiting the Center, Michael met with MPS in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights students Anna Popovych, Kofi Asianowa, Pnehwon Harris, Allie Petonic, and Bash Kamal over lunch to discuss their labor activism and perspectives on the labor movement in their home countries. He also attended the CGWR Event, “Workers in Revolt: Report Backs from the Frontlines of the Recent Mexican Maquiladoras and U.S. Teachers’ Strikes,” with Paolo Marinaro and Becky Tarlau. At Marquette, Michael teaches in the areas of social theory and political economy, and he is currently working on a new book on the politics of democratizing finance.