Sidney A. Rothstein

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Assistant Professor of Political Science

413-597-2680
Schapiro Hall Rm 212

Office hours (Spring 2020)

Tuesdays, 9-10a
Wednesdays, 3-4p
Fridays, 11-12.15p
And by appointment

Education

B.A. Reed College (2009)
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Political Science (2017)

Areas of Expertise

I study the political economy of wealthy democracies in comparative perspective, focusing on Europe and the United States. My current research examines the politics of digital transformation, and seeks to explain how the transition to the knowledge economy reshapes relationships of power, and patterns of inequality, in different countries. In my book project, High Wages, Low Power: Mobilizing Tech Workers in Twenty-first Century Capitalism, I trace how workers in the tech sector, unable to rely on organized labor’s established resources for collective action, have developed novel tactics to exercise power in the workplace. Another project, The Tech-Finance Bloc: Political Power and National Strategies for Digital Transformation, is based on the observation that nearly every country in the world has developed strategies to drive economic growth by promoting the tech sector, but that these strategies differ substantially. To explain why, I investigate how different configurations of the tech sector’s relationship to finance shape the policies that countries adopt in their efforts to steer the path of technological change.

Course Syllabi

PSCI 278 – The Politics of Capitalism

Selected Publications

Toward a Discursive Approach to Growth Models: Social Blocs in the Politics of Digital Transformation,” MPIfG Discussion Paper 20/8 (2020). Cologne: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. (pdf)

Germany After the Social Democratic Century: The Political Economy of Imbalance,” German Politics 29, no. 3 (2020), 295-316. [with Tobias Schulze-Cleven]

Unlikely Activists: Building Worker Power under Liberalization,” Socio-Economic Review 17, no. 3 (2019), 573-602. (pdf)

Macune’s Monopoly: Economic Law and the Legacy of Populism,” Studies in American Political Development 28 (April 2014), 80-106. (pdf)

Selected Commentary

From shared commitment to shared strategy: Encouraging employer investment in workers’ skills.” Blog post for A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi). May 8, 2018.

Zeit für mehr Mitsprache: Arbeitnehmerrechte und die digitale Transformation.” WZB-Mitteillungen, Heft 159, März 2018, 10-12.

Including workers’ voices in the digital transformation.” Blog post for A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi). November 15, 2017.