Edited by Daniel J.B. Mitchell
In his introduction to Public Jobs and Political Agendas, Mitchell puts the topic of the 2012 LERA research volume into context: "The reasons public sector workers and human resource practices are under scrutiny go beyond the impact of a recession putting the spotlight on already-strained budgets. There are important public/private differences that account for the special attention visited upon the public sector starting with the Great Recession. The first of these differences was the timing of the response to the recession and its aftermath on revenues. The second difference involves employee compensation and the contrasts between public and private practices in that area. Intertwined with these two factors is politics."
In the following nine papers that make up the volume the authors take up aspects of the public jobs in the shadow of a debilitating global recession and a highly partisan and fractured political scene, including:
- The Great Recession and public sector employment, pay and benefits
- Local government restructuring
- Public sector employment in Organisation for Economic and Policy Development (OECD) nations
- Privatization as a response to the Great Recession
- The Great Recession's impact on public sector employment by blacks
- Trends in compensation of state and local employees
- The fiscal crisis, public pensions and labor-management relations
- Adapting to the Great Recession in California
- Public sector cost containment in Trinidad and Tobago
Editor Dan Mitchell is a longtime LERA member, who, in addition to the Introduction, also penned the Great Recession in California chapter. LERA President David Lewin contributed the Chapter 1 essay. Other LERA members who made contributions to Public Jobs and Political Agendas include Ellen Dannin, Keith Bender, Ilana Boivie and Christian Weller. Other contributors to the volume include Mildred Warner, Sabina Dewan, William Rodgers III, John S. Heywood, Charlene M.L. Roach and Gloria Davis-Cooper.
Public Jobs and Political Agendas: The Public Sector in an Era of Economic Distress was printed by the Cornell University Press under its Industrial and Labor Relations imprint. LERA members can receive a 20 percent discount on additional copies of this volume and earlier volumes. Click here.