Isabelle Ferreras

[PhD,MSc] FNRS – LOUVAIN – HARVARD

Research in Progress

What is work?

Experiencing Production and Politics in the Service-based Capitalist Democracy

Since 2007, thanks to the support of the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program, the Wage Indicator Foundation started to collect data on workers in nine countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, United States) and across all industries which cover the key dimensions of the attitude to work that I identify in Critique politique du travail. In association with Professor Richard Freeman, we are at work analyzing the data (i.e. 100,000 individuals in the data set), and my forthcoming book will present and discuss these results: What Is Work? Experiencing Production and Politics in the Service-based Capitalist Democracy

 

Probing the analogy Firm/State

I am working with the political theorist Hélène Landemore (assistant professor of political science at Yale, 2012-13: visiting professor in the department of political science, Stanford) on a joint project examining the firm, and the life within, from the perspective of political theory. Our joint paper has appeared in Political Theory.

 

Patterns of worker ownership and control

With the support of the Wage Indicator Foundation and the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard again, Richard Freeman, Sanjay Pinto (U. Columbia, NYC) and I have included since May 2014 a new module of questions on patterns of worker ownership and control in the Wage Indicator survey in 16 countries.