My latest, Socialist Academic Profile, looks at Dr David Neilson, senior lecturer and convenor of Labour and Trade Union Studies at Waikato University. Neilson has an M.A. from Canterbury University and a PhD from the University of East Anglia. Like his previously profiled colleague, Paul Harris, Neilson has a solid Marxist background.
One of NZ’s most hard line communist parties is the Socialist Party of Aotearoa. In Auckland and Hamilton, SPA runs a school called the Workers Institute for Socialist Education, or “WISE” In March 1993, according to “SPA News”, April 1993, David Neilson addressed a WISE seminar in Auckland, on “Marxist subjects“.
According to Waikato University’s website, Neilson’s “research interests are generally focused in the areas of political economy, social class, work, and the labour market. His particular present interests centrally include the competition state, flexicurity and the neo-proletariat.”
A list of his recent publications include such page turners as;
“Left, Right, Green” 2001
“Bringing Back Class Theory in a Postmodern World: A Preliminary Framework” 2001
“The Dislodging of the Visible Hand and the Destruction of Social Institutions. A Critique of NZ Style Market Reforms” 1998
“Marxism and Post-Marxisim: Continuities and Discontinuities” 1998
“Neoliberalism, Globalisation and Maori Nationalism” 1998
You will be also pleased to hear, that your taxes, enable David Neilson “to supervise graduate research on political economy, class and politics, trade unionism, and Marx and Marxism.”