Economic Update: A "Living Wage"

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On this week's show, Prof. Wolff comments on how and why "consumerism" matters and on why Biden's "progressive shift" is both like and unlike (far more limited so far) FDR's. Wolff then interviews two Canadian professors of labor studies, Bryan Evanson and Carlo Fanelli, on the stakes for labor in fighting for a "living wage."

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About our guests: Bryan Evans is a professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. Prior to his appointment at Ryerson, he worked as a policy adviser and senior manager at the Ontario Ministry of Labour. His research interests include the politics of the neoliberal administrative state and public policy. Recent publications include The Public Sector in an Age of Austerity (with Carlo Fanelli) and “The Politics of Public Administration: Constructing the Neoliberal State,” in Canadian Political Economy (ed. Heather Whiteside). A forthcoming volume, Varieties of Austerity (with Heather Whiteside and Stephen McBride), examines the fallout of the 2008 crisis from a comparative perspective.

Carlo Fanelli is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Work and Labour Studies program in the Department of Social Science at York University. He is the author of Megacity Malaise: Neoliberalism, Public Services and Labour in Toronto, co-editor (with Bryan Evans) of The Public Sector in an Age of Austerity: Perspectives from Canada’s Provinces and Territories, and editor of Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research. He maintains a collection of his writing at and on Twitter @carlofanelli.

Recent Publications:

•  Rising Up: The Fight for Living Wage Work in Canada (with Bryan Evans and Tom McDowell) available at 50% off the month of June with code "nifty50" at

•  Profiting From the Pandemic, The Hill Times (with Heather Whiteside)

Change and Continuity: Canadian Political Economy in the New Millennium (with Mark P. Thomas, Leah Vosko and Olena. Lyubchencko)

The Public Sector in an Age of Austerity: Perspectives from Canada's Provinces and Territories (with Bryan Evans) 

Learn more about Prof Wolff's new book, "The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself," now available. Visit us at

"Richard Wolff in his new book examines frightening and anti-democratic configurations of corporate power, offering not only a blueprint for how we got here, but a plan for how we will rescue ourselves and create new models of economic and political justice.” - Chris Hedges

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