No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age by Jane F. McAleveyNo Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age by Jane F. McAlevey

No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age

byJane F. McAlevey

Hardcover | September 21, 2016

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The crisis of the progressive movement in the United States today is so evident that nothing less than a fundamental rethinking of its basic assumptions is required. Today's progressives now work for professional organizations more comfortable with the inside game in Washington, where they areoutmatched and outspent by special interests. Labor unions now focus on the narrowest possible understanding of the interests of their members, and membership continues to decline in lockstep with the narrowing of their goals. Meanwhile, promising movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black LivesMatter have not accomplished meaningful change. Why do progressives in the United States keep losing on so many issues? In No Shortcuts, Jane McAlevey argues that progressives can win, but lack the organized power to enact significant change, to outlast their bosses in labor fights, and to hold elected leaders accountable. Drawing upon her experience as a scholar and longtime organizer in the student, environmental,and labor movements, McAlevey examines the case studies of recent social movements to pinpoint the factors that helped them succeed - or fail - to accomplish their intended goals. McAlevey makes a compelling case that the great social movements of previous eras gained their power from massorganizing, a strategy today's progressive have mostly abandoned in favor of mobilization or advocacy. She ultimately concludes that, in order to win, progressive movements must adopt bottom-up organizing strategies that place the power for change in the hands of workers and activists at thecommunity level. Beyond the concrete examples in this book, McAlevey's arguments have direct implications for anyone involved in organizing for social change. Much more than just a cogent analysis, No Shortcuts explains exactly how progressives can go about rebuilding powerful movements at work, in our communities,and at the ballot box.
Jane F. McAlevey is a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. A longtime organizer in the environmental and labor movements, she is the author of "Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement" (Verso).
Title:No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded AgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 21, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019062471X

ISBN - 13:9780190624712

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