Book Talk: The New Politics of Transnational Labor

Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Labor Education Center, Rooms 130/131


Book Talk imageMarissa Brookes, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, will discuss her book titled The New Politics of Transnational Labor. This event is free and lunch will be provided. For more information, email


Over the years many transnational labor alliances have succeeded in improving conditions for workers, but many more have not. In The New Politics of Transnational Labor, Marissa Brookes explains why this dichotomy has occurred. Using the coordination and context-appropriate power theory (CCAP), she assesses this divergence, arguing that the success of transnational alliances hinges not only on effective coordination across borders and within workers’ local organizations but also on their ability to exploit vulnerabilities in global value chains, invoke national and international institutions, and mobilize networks of stakeholders in ways that threaten employers’ core interests.

About the Author

Marissa BrookesMarissa Brookes is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. Her publications appear in Comparative Political Studies, Development and Change, the Labor Studies Journal, the Global Labour Journal, Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, and PS: Political Science and Politics

Dr. Brookes is also co-founder of the Southwest Workshop on Mixed Methods Research and Principle Investigator on the Transnational Labor Alliances Database Project, which documents more than 100 transnational labor campaigns from the late 1990s to the present.