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Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy

CLD About

About the Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy

The Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy is an independent, university-based research institute that pursues a number of challenging goals:

To conduct reliable, policy-relevant research on a wide range of critical issues that confront working people in all walks of life, here and abroad.

To disseminate our findings in a clear, accessible manner through a variety of outlets: regular reports on the New York/Long Island regional labor market, a working paper series, an Internet Web site, print and broadcast media, as well as lectures, brown-bag lunch meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences, and briefings with policy-makers and public interest groups.

To contribute to public education and debate about policy alternatives that promote sustainable improvements in workers' living standards, fairness in economic opportunities, and democratic decision-making processes throughout the world. We pursue this goal both through our research and writing and by providing a forum in which social scientists, labor and management representatives, government officials, community leaders, and the general public can discuss these concerns and analyze and develop policy alternatives to deal with them.

To serve as a resource center for and active liaison between students, researchers, community and labor organizations, employers, and others interested in labor issues.

Distinctive Features of the CLD

An interdisciplinary and unusually wide-ranging research agenda extending from intensive analysis of the local Long Island and New York City labor markets to investigations of national and global labor issues. In an age of increasingly mobile capital, finance, and labor, in-depth analysis of even seemingly localized problems requires an understanding of their national and international contexts.

An approach encouraging new ideas that challenge conventional thinking and policy prescriptions. In both our research and the public events we sponsor, the Center tries to cultivate fresh insights and policy proposals through interdisciplinary and cross-country analysis and the open interchange of ideas among academics, practitioners, and other interested parties.