Lucas A Franco
I am a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Minnesota. My subfields are comparative politics and American politics. I hold a Master of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Oslo, Norway, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle University.
My research seeks to understand the political and economic consequences of the decline in manufacturing employment and the growth of service sector employment in advanced industrialized economies. I draw on political science and sociology scholarship to explore the relationship between the growth of nonstandard employment models, the decline of organized labor's power, and the steady liberalization of labor markets in advanced industrialized economies.
In my dissertation, I develop a theoretical model to explain variation in how service sector labor unions have responded to increasingly common organizing challenges across diverse labor market contexts. Generally, I am interested in issues of comparative industrial relations including the growth of the gig economy and its impact on industrial relations systems.