MacArthur Fellows Program

Charles F. Sabel

Political Scientist and Legal Scholar | Class of 1982

Political Scientist and Legal Scholar
Cambridge, Massachusetts
35 at time of award
Area of Focus
Political Science

Charles Sabel is a social scientist concerned with the political, economic, and social aspects of work in a comparative perspective.

His studies of industrialized nations involve comparisons of economic structures and social environments within the context of different national experiences.  Sabel studies ways in which American industry can respond to the decline of mass production and the changing world competition.  He is the author of The Division of Labor: Its Progress Through Politics (1980), Work and Politics: The Division of Labor in Industry (1982), and the co-author of The Second Industrial Divide: Possibilities for Prosperity (1984).  His more recent works include: Local Partnerships and Social Innovation: Ireland (1996), Worlds of Possibility: Flexibility and Mass Production in Western Industrialization (1997), co-editor, A Constitution of Democratic Experimentalism (1998), co-author, and Can We Put an End to Sweatshops? (2001). 

Sabel has been a professor of law and of social science at the Columbia University Law School since 1995, following sixteen years on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the Ford International Professor of Social Science (1990-95).

Sabel received a B.A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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