I appreciate my colleagues at The New School, the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, and the University of Notre Dame and the audiences given me by Harvard University, Oxford University, The Century Foundation, the Levy Institute, University of California at Berkeley and UCLA, Rutgers University, the Government Accountability Office, the W. E. Upjohn Institute, and the Rockefeller Foundation. The Wurf Fellowship at the Labor and Workplace Program at the Harvard School of Law, the Retirement Research Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Heinz Foundation provided generous support.
Beth Almeida, Eileen Appelbaum, Larry Befferman, Paul Booth, Clair Brown, Robert Cirasa, Gordon Clark, Gerald Combs, Charles Craypo, Ross Eisenbrey, Richard Ferlauto, Karen Ferguson, Robert Fishman, Jaime Galbraith, Tessa Hebb, Sharon Hermes, Charles Jeszeck, Daniel Lawson, Mary Lee, Mark Levinson, George Miller, Paul Mishler, Monique Morrissey, Kevin Neuman, Doug Orr, Wei Sun, Chris Tiedemann, John Turner, Lou Uchitelle, Mary Ursu, Michele Varnhagen, David Walker, and Christian Weller provided intellectual insight and information. I was helped by the Anne Zakas and trenchant advice from my editor Peter Dougherty.
My husband William O'Rourke and my son Joseph O'Rourke lovingly and patiently bore the brunt of travel, late nights, and pontificating episodes. I am deeply grateful for the love and distraction provided by my other family members—my mother Marion Ghilarducci, my stepmother Ruth Ghilarducci, my brother David, my sister-in-law Sally, and Ben Mateo, Mia Teresa Ghilarducci, and my late father Harry Ghilarducci. This book would not be possible without the many workers who shared their visions for their retirement and their hope and struggle to secure their pensions.