Government Against Itself: Public Employee Unions and American Democracy
Stuart Lecture Series on Institutional Corruption in America
Daniel DiSalvo, Assistant Professor of Political Science, The City College of New York; Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Author of Government Unions and the Bankrupting of America (2011) and Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868-2010 (forthcoming, 2012)
This lecture will address the causes and consequences of recent battles in the American states over collective bargaining and other changes in government labor relations. It will examine the unique attributes of public employee unions and how they shape what government does, how well it does it, and at what cost.
Daniel DiSalvo is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the City College of New York, the City University of New York, and a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He was previously the Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor at Amherst College. His scholarly work focuses on political parties, elections, public policy, and American political thought. He is the author of Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics (Oxford) and co-editor of Building Coalitions, Making Policy (Johns Hopkins). His work has appeared in both scholarly and popular publications, including Congress & the Presidency, The Journal of Policy History, The Forum, The Tocqueville Review, The Public Interest, American Interest, National Affairs, The Weekly Standard, Commentary, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post. He writes regularly for the blog, PublicSectorInc.org. He received his Ph.D. in politics from the University of Virginia.