Sociology Perspectives | Living Wages and the Welfare State: the Anglo-American social model in transition by Shaun Wilson
This sociology seminar series is presented in collaboration between the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University and the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney.
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Thursday 29 April 2021 via Zoom* Passcode: 451 111
Shaun Wilson provides an update on living wage campaigns across the Anglo democracies that coincide with the publication of his new book, Living Wages and the Welfare State: the Anglo-American social model in transition. Shaun will pay particular attention to the current US struggles over the federal minimum wage and explain why sociology, political science, and social policy research each have an interest in these legislative and grassroots battles.
About the Speaker
Shaun Wilson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Macquarie University. His current research investigates the distributional and ideological conflicts that are reshaping the politics of liberal welfare states. Shaun’s new book Living Wages and the Welfare State with Policy/University of Bristol Press is available in early 2021 here. The book takes a sociological perspective on minimum wages and living wage campaigns and shows how they challenge the architecture of the low-wage policy consensus in the liberal welfare states. Shaun’s other active research interests are Australia’s welfare-to-work policies, union voting patterns, and the political sociological foundations of the Australian electorate.