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Dr Matt Vidal


Matt is Reader in Sociology and Political Economy. He has a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Research interests: the sociology of work and organizations; labor markets; political economy; comparative-historical sociology; social theory. 

Matt is on the editorial board of Work, Employment & Society and Editor-in-Chief of Work in Progress, a blog on work and organizations from the American Sociological Association. He was formerly Co-Editor (with Jon Hindmarsh) of the “Organisations & Work” section of Sociology Compass.


BSc Business Management

4SSMN134 Work, organisations and society

MSc International Management

SSMM100 Research Methods

SSMM117 Comparative political economy

School role

  • Chair, MSc International Management Exam Board

Contact details

Dr Matt Vidal


Tel + 44 (0)20 7848 3884

Selected publications

Matt's full CV



Marco Hauptmeier and Matt Vidal (Eds). 2014. Comparative Political Economy of Work. Palgrave Macmillan. In press.

Matt Vidal and David Kusnet. 2009. Organizing Prosperity: Union Effects on Job Quality, Community Betterment, and Industry Standards. Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute.


Popular sociology

Matt Vidal. 2014. “Marxism in Contemporary Sociology,” in James D. Wright (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, Elsevier (forthcoming).

Matt Vidal. 2013. "Inequality and bad jobs," Contexts 12, 4.


Journal articles

Forthcoming. Jill Esbenshade, Matt Vidal, Gina Fascilla and Mariko Ono. "Customer-Driven Management Models for Choiceless Clientele? Business Process Reengineering in a California Welfare Agency," Work, Employment & Society.

Matt Vidal, Paul Adler and Rick Delbridge. 2015. “When Organization Studies Turns to Societal Problems: The Contribution of Marxist Grand Theory,” Organization Studies 26,4: 405-422.

Matt Vidal. 2013. "Postfordism as a Dysfunctional Accumulation Regime: A Comparative Analysis of the US, the UK and Germany," Work, Employment & Society 27,3: 451-471.

Matt Vidal. 2013. “Low-Autonomy Work and Bad Jobs in Postfordist Capitalism,” Human Relations 66,4: 587-612.

Matt Vidal. 2012. “On the Persistence of Labor Market Insecurity and Slow Growth in the US: Reckoning with the Waltonist Growth Regime,” New Political Economy 17,5: 543-564.

Matt Vidal. 2011. Reworking Postfordism: Labor Process versus Employment Relations,” Sociology Compass 5,4: 273-286.

Matt Vidal. 2009. “Routine Inefficiency: Operational Satisficing and Real-World Markets,” Research in the Sociology of Work, Vol 18, Economic Sociology of Work: 89-117.

Matt Vidal and Leann M. Tigges. 2009. Temporary Employment and Strategic Staffing in the Manufacturing SectorIndustrial Relations 48,1.

Matt Vidal. 2007. Manufacturing Empowerment? ‘Employee Involvement’ in the Labor Process after Fordism,” Socio-Economic Review 5,2: 197-232.

Matt Vidal. 2007. Lean Production, Worker Empowerment, and Job Satisfaction: A Qualitative Analysis and Critique,” Critical Sociology 33,1-2: 247-278.


Book chapters

Matt Vidal. Forthcoming.“Industrialization, Fordism and the Golden Age of Atlantic Capitalism: The UK, USA and Germany from 1800-1973,” chapter in   Stephen Edgell, Heidi Gottfried and Edward Granter (eds.) Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment, Sage.

Matt Vidal. 2014. “Incoherence and dysfunctionality in the institutional regulation of capitalism,” in Marco Hauptmeier and Matt Vidal (Eds.) Comparative Political Economy of Work,  Palgrave Macmillan.

Matt Vidal and Marco Hauptmeier. 2014. “Comparative Political Economy and Labour Process Theory: Toward a Synthesis,” in Marco Hauptmeier and Matt Vidal (Eds.) Comparative Political Economy of Work, Palgrave Macmillan.

Matt Vidal and Jamie Peck. 2012. “Sociological Institutionalism and the Socially Constructed Economy,” in Trevor Barnes, Jamie Peck, and Eric Sheppard (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography, Wiley.

Matt Vidal. 2011. “If the Market is So Efficient, Why Do We Need Leaders? Reflections on Corporate  Mismanagement,” in Anna L. Larsen (Ed.), Political Leadership and its Significance in a Time of Troubles, Nova Science Publishers.


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