Fair Work and Employee Free Choice: liberalism vs. social democracy

The demise of the Employee Free Choice Act and the woes of American health reform shed light on the distinction  between social liberalism and social democracy as forms of left-wing politics. This has been raised by David Brody in his address at the recent Labour History conference where he contrasted the success of the Rudd […]

Institutions and incentives

Mathew Yglesias on the Senate: The supermajority—and, more broadly, the extreme difficulty of moving legislation—makes it easier for elected officials to make contradictory commitments to various people. Consider that as long as Democrats clearly didn’t have the votes to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, they could promise labor law reform to unions while also […]