Publications by Joel Rogers

  • Dan Luria, and Joel Rogers. Response to Suzanne Berger - How Finances Gutted Manufacturing. Boston Review, 2014.
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  • Joel Rogers, and Satya Rhodes-Conway. Cities at Work: Progressive Local Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class. COWS, 2014.

    This 2014 report is based on the practical experience and struggle of elected officials and advocates from around the country in moving their communities onto the “high road” of shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. Its goal is to arm progressive local elected leaders and advocates with a range of effective policies that, if adopted, would make a significant difference in getting on that high road. They will be able to use better democratic organization to add value, reduce waste, and capture and share locally the great benefits of doing both.

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  • This project, funded by SSTI with a matching grant from the Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE),  identifies and evaluates freight transportation demand management (TDM) strategies to improve transportation efficiency by reducing the social costs associated with goods movement in urban areas.

    Information about various freight transportation demand management strategies was gathered through a review of literature, an online survey, and interviews with implementers. Strategies are compared based on their costs, benefits, and implementation difficulty. Case studies of six US cities using innovative freight TDM strategies are also included.

    The table below details the impacts and implementation difficulty of various freight TDM strategies.

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  • Joel Rogers. Alternatives to Capitalism: Using State and Local Policies. Vol. 22, no. 1, Penn State, 2013, pp. 91-109.

    Articles in The Good Society respond to the premise that “current versions of socialism and democratic capitalism fail to offer workable visions of a good society and seem increasingly to contradict such basic values as liberty, democracy, equality, and environmental sustainability.” The journal publishes outstanding dialectical articles on the pressing political, social, religious, and legal questions facing twenty-first-century society and aims to “create a theoretical basis for the eventual restructuring of real world political-economic systems.”

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  • Laura Dresser, Joel Rogers, and Sarah White. Greener Reality: Jobs, Skills, and Equity in a Cleaner U.S. Economy. COWS, 2012.

    Greener Reality takes stock of the green economy, looking at what works (and doesn’t) in related skill and credentialing initiatives and placing them in a broader context of human capital development, community resilience, and climate change. Defining equity, sustainability, and greater democratization as critical elements of a truly greener future, the paper considers the practical and political challenges to achieving these in the United States. This report builds on our earlier work in Greener Pathways and Greener Skills. Documents include Full Report and Executive Summary.

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  • Matías Cociña, Laura Dresser, Edo Navot, and Joel Rogers. The State of Working Wisconsin 2012. COWS, 2012.

    The ninth edition of COWS’ biennial report, The State of Working Wisconsin 2012uses the best and most recent data available to refine our understanding of exactly how working people in Wisconsin are doing. This year’s Labor Day report finds too many workers in Wisconsin waiting for an economic recovery strong enough to produce jobs, higher family income, and a growing sense of security.

    For the first time this year, COWS is also including an online supplement to the print version. The supplement provides more maps, more data, and interactive graphs on key economic and social indicators at the state and county level. The online supplement will be updated as new data becomes available and will provide access to figures and graphs on the Wisconsin economy as they come out.

    Documents include Full Report, Executive Summary and a technical note that compares the CES and QCEW, two key sources of data on employment that have caused some recent controversy.

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  • Laura Dresser, and Joel Rogers. “Wisconsin One Year Later: What Happened, What Is Happening, and What It Means for Progressives”. Social Policy , Vol. 1, 2012, pp. 4-11.
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  • Joel Rogers. “Productive Democracy”. Renewing Democratic Deliberation in Europe, The Challenge of Social and Civil Dialogue, Peter Lang, 2012, pp. 71-92.
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  • James Irwin, Sarah L. White, Satya Rhodes-Conway, and Joel Rogers. Making M.U.S.H. Energy Efficient. COWS, 2011.

    Retrofitting the nation’s public and institutional buildings for greater energy efficiency, financing these retrofits from the savings achieved, and requiring local-hire and job and advancement standards for those who do the work can provide the widespread high-road job creation needed in today’s economy. Publicly controlled buildings are an obvious place to focus for a number of reasons. This report discusses the financial structures that can be used, the barriers to doing this work, and the policies needed to overcome these barriers and create high-road jobs. The report is part of the Big Ideas for Job Creation in a Jobless Recovery project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and organized by the UC-Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Unemployment.

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