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Cedric de Leon - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Cedric de Leon Cedric de Leon

Professor of Sociology / Director of the Labor Center | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Cedric de Leon's research focuses on labor, race, and party politics in the United States, India and Turkey.

Expertise (4)

Labor Unions

Comparative Historical Sociology

Political Sociology

Race and Race Relations


Cedric de Leon's areas of expertise are labor, race, political sociology, and comparative historical sociology. He is the author and editor of five books, including "Crisis! When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule," published in 2019.

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Cedric DeLeon, author of Crisis!: When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule.


Education (3)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Ph.D., Sociology

University of Cambridge: M.Phil., Social and Political Sciences

Yale University: B.A., Sociology

Media Coverage (4)

Unions have enthusiasm, media spotlight. But membership numbers lag

NPR  radio


In a radio interview, Cedric de Leon says: "There are things happening now that we have not really seen in the labor movement in generations," said Cedric de Leon, director of the labor center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. "I really believe that we're on the verge of another upsurge."

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US Starbucks Workers Score Union Breakthrough

International Business Times  online


The campaign shows how workers are becoming more assertive at a time when tight job markets have given employees more clout, said Cedric de Leon, a labor expert at University of Massachusetts Amherst. "The bargaining power of workers is very high at the moment," de Leon told AFP.

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Author Cedric de Leon discusses CRISIS! on #ConversationsLIVE

BlogTalkRadio.com  radio


Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Cedric de Leon to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss his new book CRISIS: When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule---and what he hopes readers are able to take away from it.

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Disaster Averted: How Unions Have Dodged the Blow of Janus (So Far)

In These Times  online


The impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2018 decision in Janus vs. AFSCME that eliminated the requirement of agency fees for public sector employees who opt out of labor union membership, quotes Cedric de Leon who says that Janus is causing the labor movement to get back to basics and re-focus on organizing workers to combat “the employer that is waging a one-sided war against American workers.”

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Publications (2)

Crisis!: When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule (BOOK)

Stanford University Press

Cedric de Leon


A timely analysis of the power and limits of political parties―and the lessons of the Civil War and the New Deal in the Age of Trump.

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The Retreat to Method: the Aftermath of Elite Concession to Civil Society in India and Mexico

Studies in Comparative International Development

Trina Vithayathil, Diana Graizbord and Cedric de Leon


The literature on democratic accountability assumes that alternative institutions can make state practices more transparent and thus enhance accountability. In this paper, we problematize the celebration of alternative institutions by comparing the cases of Mexico and India.

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