|Maria Alejandra Caporale Madi|
|José Ricardo Barbosa Gonçalves|
The 2008 global economic crisis revealed how deeply the social life of the working class has been affected by deregulated finance. In this setting, the impact of private equity funds on working conditions has been attracting lots of attention since private equity funds - such as Blackstone, Carlyle Group or Texas Pacific Group - have been responsible for the employment standards of tens of millions of workers. Truly, as workers are confronted with over US $ 1-trillion in worldwide concentrated private equity buyout power, the relevance of private equity funds is outstanding in an analysis of the perspectives of mergers & acquisitions, employment and organised labour.
José Ricardo Barbosa Gonçalves and Maria Alejandra Caporale Madi are both Professors at the Instituto de Economia, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) as well as researchers with the Centre for Labour Economics and Trade Unionism (CESIT). José has been doing research about neoliberalism, trade unions and social exclusion, and Maria’s work focuses on financialization, corporate governance and social exclusion.