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In the Interest of Others

Friday, November 22, 2013

5 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Book signing and reception to follow

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In the Interest of Others develops a new theory of organizational leadership and governance to explain why some organizations expand their scope of action in ways that do not benefit their members directly. John Ahlquist and Margaret Levi document eighty years of such activism by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in the United States and the Waterside Workers Federation in Australia. They systematically compare the ILWU and WWF to the Teamsters and the International Longshoremen's Association, two American transport industry labor unions that actively discouraged the pursuit of political causes unrelated to their own economic interests.

Commentators on the panel will include:

John Ahlquist, Associate Professor & Trice Family Faculty Scholar

Suzanne Berger, Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science, MIT

Richard M. Locke, Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies

Margaret Levi, Senior Fellow in International Studies

Pedro Dal Bó, Associate Professor of Economics

Peter Evans, Senior Fellow in International Studies

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