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Richard Sclove, PhD

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Richard Sclove is the founder of The Loka Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to making science and technology responsive to democratically decided priorities. He undertook this work to address blind spots in public policy analysis and economic theory. He helped organize World Wide Views on Global Warming—the world’s first planetary-scale citizen deliberation exercise—and co-founded the U.S. Community Research Network and the international Living Knowledge Network. He has also been the Director of Strategic Planning at the Mind and Life Institute, co-founded by the Dalai Lama.

 

Dr. Sclove has published in both scholarly and popular venues, including Science magazine, Technology Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Adbusters, Yes! Magazine, Utne Reader, and Issues in Science and Technology. His report Reinventing Technology Assessment: A 21st Century Model inspired an appreciative editorial in Nature magazine and launched the U.S. Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) network. The American Political Science Association honored Sclove’s book, Democracy and Technology, with the Don K. Price Award as “the year’s best book on science, technology and politics.” His forthcoming book is Escaping Maya's Palace: Decoding an Ancient Myth to Reinvent Psychology, Rewrite History, Refute Economics, and Heal the Hidden Madness of Modern Civilization.

 

Sclove earned a B.A. in environmental studies from experimental Hampshire College and graduate degrees in nuclear engineering (M.S.) and political science (Ph.D.) from MIT, prior to holding an endowed postdoctoral fellowship in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Contact:

Email: richardsclove@gmail.com

Interests:

  • Democracy

  • Technological Innovation

Education:

  • PhD, Political Science, Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • BA, Environmental Studies, Hampshire College

Publications

Economist Gerald Friedman, in an astute comparative study of the evolution of labor movements in the United States and France in the period from 1876 to 1914, illuminates not only the distinctive turns to syndicalism in France and craft unionism in the United States, but also the unique impact each form of unionization had on the shaping of the French and the U.S. states. He analyzes an enormous amount of data--extending estimates of union membership back to 1884 for France and 1880 for the United States--to present a lucid picture of the growth and outcome of both movements.

The historic weakness of radical political movements in the United States has perplexed scholars of American labor for over a century. Friedman reevaluates the problem of American "exceptionalism" through his examination of the labor movement, exploring the constraints placed on radicalism by employers and state officials. He shows that a one-sided approach focused exclusively on the role of the working class has rendered labor history static: historical change is something that also happens to workers when circumstances change for workers. Friedman's perspective brings new dynamism to labor history by incorporating the impact of other social actors and the conflicts between them.

A century of union growth ended in the 1980s. Since then, declining union membership has undermined the Labor Movement’s achievements throughout the advanced capitalist world. As unions have lost membership, declining economic clout and political leverage has left them as weak props upholding wages and programs for social justice. Since the earliest days of the labor movement, activists have debated the appropriate strategy, the mix of revolutionary and reformist goals and the proper relationship between labor unions and broader social and political movements. So long as the labor movement was growing, moving from gain to gain, debates over strategy could remain abstract, safely confined to academic quarters. Decline and impending failure, however, have now made these urgent debates.

 

Written in a readable style, this book uses information from sixteen countries including the UK, US, Germany and France to chart the fortunes of the labor movement over recent years. The author, based at one of the top centres for heterodox economics, examines the current debates over strategy and suggests ways of reigniting its fortunes.

The mainstream pundits tell us that no one anticipated the massive economic shocks of the past few years. The Economic Crisis Reader debunks that myth and many other misdiagnoses of the current crisis. With more than 60 well-researched, clearly written articles, this lively reader explains the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to the ongoing economic crisis. Chapters focus on the housing boom and bust, the financial meltdown, Fed policy, fiscal stimulus, the impact on workers, global dimensions, and more. The updated second edition includes the latest news and analysis, including thought-provoking ideas for reforming our economic system to prevent similar crises in the future.

Updated 2nd edition undergraduate microeconomics textbook. 

The thoroughly updated and revised 23rd edition of Real World Micro contains new articles addressing the latest real-world issues and controversies.