Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Robert Reich

Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Industrial Policy
  • Labor and Employment
  • Leadership and Management
  • Leadership and Social Change
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Social and Economic Policy

Biography

Robert B. Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President-Elect Obama’s transition advisory board. He has written twelve books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers The Future of Success and Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, Aftershock and Beyond Outrage.

Professor Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine. His commentaries can be heard weekly on public radio’s Marketplace. In 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Vision Foundation Prize, by the former Czech president, for his pioneering work in economic and social thought. In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the century. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Working Papers

  • The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility

    GSPP Working Paper: GSPP08-003 (August 2008)

    This paper argues that the new interest in so-called "corporate social responsibility" is founded on a false notion of how much discretion a modern public corporation has to sacrifice profits for the sake of certain social goods, and that the promotion of corporate social responsibility by both the private and public sectors misleads the public into believing that more is being done by the private sector to meet certain public goals than is in fact the case.

Selected Publications

Articles and Op-Eds

Media Citations

Webcasts

‘Inequality is bad for everyone’: Robert Reich fights against economic imbalance

‘Inequality is bad for everyone’: Robert Reich fights against economic imbalance

Robert Reich, Paul Solman

Date: October 11, 2013 Duration: 6 minutes

Trailer for Inequality for All

Trailer for Inequality for All

Date: August 1, 2013

Political Civility Should Not Be an Oxymoron

Political Civility Should Not Be an Oxymoron

Robert Reich

Event: Cal Day 2012

Date: April 21, 2012 Duration: 59 minutes

Class Warfare in America

Class Warfare in America

Robert Reich

Event: Mario Savio Lecture

Date: November 19, 2011 Duration: 18 minutes