Introduction: Stat(e)ing the Obvious

  • Randy Martin New York University


In introducing this special issue of Workplace, I want to consider the nexus of the formation of academic labor, law and social policy--or more generally, the State itself--and the way in which we may begin to talk about organizational responses that are commensurate with these developments. Taken instrumentally, policies like the HEA can make the relation between state and education appear rather mysterious, a labyrinth of tax winks and once sided recognitions that separate powers between local employers and different governmental authorities so as to make the sleight-handed State invisible and produce the principle truth effect of a market economy. Through their own voluntary associations, universities legitimate themselves under licensure from statehouses that are given a blessing from the Capitol.