Neil Fligstein is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Center for Culture, Organization, and Politics at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Class of 1939 Chancellor's Professor.
Professor Fligstein’s main research interests lie in the fields of economic sociology, organizational theory, and political sociology. He has developed and employed a sociological view of how new social institutions emerge, stabilize, and are transformed to study a wide variety of seemingly disparate phenomena, including the history of the large American corporation and the construction of a European legal and political system. He has used this framework to create a more general view of how markets and states are mutually constitutive and applies this framework to trying to make sense of how global markets work.
Professor Fligstein has also explored the theme of identity and its relationship to the rise of nationalist parties in Europe, particularly in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. He has written five books and is currently working on a sixth, tentatively titled The Banks Did It.