The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism

The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism

It is often hoped and assumed that union stewardship of pension investments will produce tangible and enduring benefits for workers and their communities while minimizing the negative effects of what are now global and intensely competitive capital markets. At the core of this book is a desire to question the proposition that workers and their organizations can exert meaningful control over pension funds in the context of current financial markets.

The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism is an engaging and readable text that will be of specific interest to members of the labor movement, pension activists, pension trustees, fund administrators, environmental activists, and employers/managers, as well as academics involved in pension or labor research. The contents and arguments of the book are applicable across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, because these countries experience a similar macroeconomic context and face a similar pension landscape.

Johanna Weststar

Western University
Johanna Weststar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Organizational Studies at Western University in London, Ontario.

Prize Winner, 2017 Harriman Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies (Association for the Study of Nationalities and the Harriman Institute) Finalist, 2017 Lemkin Book Award (Institute for the Study of Genocide) Winner, 2017 Taylor and Francis Book Prize in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Canadian Association of Slavists) Winner, 2017 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize (American Historical Association)






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