Nina Bandelj

Nina Bandelj
University of California, Irvine | UCI ·  Department of Sociology

PhD

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July 2003 - present
University of California, Irvine
Position
  • Professor (Full)
September 1997 - June 2003
Princeton University
Position
  • Ph.D. Student, Preceptor, Lecturer

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Publications (73)
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We link the theory of gender performance to the perspective on the social meaning of money and relational work. Using longitudinal Panel Study of Income Dynamics data on young adult women and men, ages 18 through 24 in the US, we examine survey responses to different money-related situations. We question the expected gender-typical meanings of mone...
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This article examines the link between wealth inequality and families’ financial investment, saving, and borrowing for the sake of children. Using the 1998–2016 Survey of Consumer Finances data, we show that American families have increasingly engaged in financially more intensive parenting but that there are substantial differences by wealth and r...
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This essay is part of a special section entitled “Legacies of Sociology’s Past." My work addresses the contributions of Charles Tilly.
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This paper article examines attitudes toward immigrants by analyzing data from the 2010 and 2016 waves of the EBRD’s Life in Transition Survey among respondents from 16 East European countries. Logistic regressions with clustered standard errors and country fixed effects show significantly higher anti-immigrant sentiments after the 2015 immigration...
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In her groundbreaking scholarship on intimacy and economy, Viviana Zelizer coined the concept of relational work, or efforts in matching social relations with economic transactions and media of exchange. This article reviews the conceptual advances and empirical applications of relational work over the past two decades. I first trace the origins of...
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It is well documented that earnings inequalities have risen in many high-income countries. Less clear are the linkages between rising income inequality and workplace dynamics, how within- and between-workplace inequality varies across countries, and to what extent these inequalities are moderated by national labor market institutions. In order to d...
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Developing countries adopt global policies in their quest for economic development. Studies show that such policies are decoupled from their intended effects, or that over time, they become more effective. But what if the opposite happens and policies, which were initially efficacious, become increasingly decoupled with time? We recognize this phen...
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Sociology is a multiparadigmatic discipline, increasingly feminized, but in some of the discipline’s subfields certain theoretical tools and methods dominate over others, and gender integration is stalled. Why so? I examine the intellectual trajectory of the new economic sociology to highlight the role of academic familism, disciplinary spillover p...
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We review recent social science research on the socioeconomic mobility of immigrants to the United States by focusing on the educational, occupational, and income attainments among immigrant adults, the first‐generation, and the educational attainment of their children, the New Second‐Generation. Existing research has identified significant inequal...
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Scholars have argued that a focus on markets, profits, and finance has increasingly taken center stage in our economic and social lives. We examine this claim for the case of family business, where social relationships intertwine strongly with economic pursuits. We analyze the content of business advice articles provided in Family Business Magazine...
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The authors reexamine the announcement of the August 1971 decision to suspend convertibility of U.S. dollars to gold, or closing of the gold window, which ended the Bretton Woods system and ushered in the neoliberal era. Existing accounts identify critical pressure on the U.S. gold supply after May 1971 international currency disruptions as a tippi...
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Rise of populist and right-wing tendencies in Eastern Europe has been linked to people’s increasing dissatisfaction with the economy and growing inequality. Using Life in Transition Survey, we examine East Europeans’ attitudes on these economic issues. In contrast to views that the 2008 economic crisis prompted dissatisfaction, we find that even be...
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In uncertain economic times, who are those young adults that show positive expectations about their economic future? And who are those who worry? Based on previous stratification research and extending economic sociology insights into the realm of young people’s economic expectations, we focus on the impact of family class background and a sense of...
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This chapter reports findings from an interdisciplinary investigation of charitable giving. The authors studied charity contributions using a Dictator Game experimental design whereby participants are given tokens with real money value and can decide to contribute to charity or to keep the money for themselves. But to get a better sense of the role...
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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book brings together a set of scholars from seven disciplines—economics, anthropology, communication, sociology, political science, philosophy, and law—in order to document the multiple advances in monetary analysis and the changes in monetary forms. Drawing from a dazzl...
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The world of money is being transformed as households and organizations face changing economies, and new currencies and payment systems like Bitcoin and Apple Pay gain ground. What is money, and how do we make sense of it? Money Talks is the first book to offer a wide range of alternative and unexpected explanations of how social relations, emotion...
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Research on the labor market returns to education focus on explanations based on human capital, signaling, and closure. Drawing on the case of Slovenia from 1993 through 2007 - as it transitioned from a planned to a market-based economy - we propose an alternative . institutionally coordinated perspective. We delineate the key features of this arra...
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Unlike recent tendencies to specify the variety of postsocialist trajectories, this article attempts to characterize the common features of postsocialist capitalism, as it has developed since the 1990s in Eastern Europe. Using conceptual tools of economic sociology, the postsocialist socio-economic organization is analyzed as embedded economy, the...
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Bandelj expands Zelizer’s (2012) discussion of relational work, which she argues is an inherent part of negotiating economic relations. The chapter analytically compares the concept of relational work to that of networks, and reviews empirical research that applies these concepts. In the last part of the chapter, Bandelj elaborates how a focus on r...
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The article begins by providing the definitions of economy and culture, and then reviews classical sociologists' contributions to the topic. Next, we distinguish between two approaches. The first one uses culture as a starting point of inquiry, and examines the production and distribution of cultural objects and corporate and market culture. The se...
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This entry reviews scholarship on race, ethnicity, and nationalism in Eastern Europe. First, it examines nationalism both during and after socialism, and, in particular, its role in the dissolution of multiethnic states. Then, it proceeds to review the empirical evidence on the ethnic versus civic nationalism debate, and contrasts it to the researc...
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A unique dataset on bilateral investment treaties provides a novel source of evidence on the link between neoliberal globalisation and market transition. We argue that postsocialist countries of Europe and Eurasia, more than other developing regions in the world, signed such treaties to signal demand for foreign investment in the spirit of neoliber...
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Globalization can be most concretely captured in an investigation of global economic networks. In this essay, we review foundational and cutting-edge research on global economic networks, including economic ties that result from trade, investment, finance, and remittance relations between corporations and/or citizens from different nations; through...
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Economic Culture in the Public Sphere: Introduction - Volume 56 Issue 1 - Nina Bandelj, Lyn Spillman, Frederick F. Wherry
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Ten years after European Union (EU) enlargement, democracy in the East European new member states is still a topic of discussion. This paper focuses on the initial years of democratisation in these countries, and asks what economic, political, and social processes explain its variation. Cross-sectional time series analysis (1990-2002) shows the imp...
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Economic sociologists have devoted most of their attention to the activities of individuals and firms in markets. However, recent attempts have pushed for a better understanding of the relationship between intimacy and economy. Such efforts have been inspired, in large part, by Viviana Zelizer (2000, 2005). In her inquiry on the purchase of intimac...
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This essay focuses on the productive role of children in immigrant families, and their various resource contributions. We first identify a contemporary understanding of children as targets of emotional and financial investment that parents make to secure their children's future success. This investment model views children as mostly passive receive...
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More than two decades after the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the collapse of socialist economies, these countries have underwent monumental transformations. The fall of socialism coincided with the rise of neoliberal policy advocacy world-wide, and many postsocialist governments have adopted neoliberal economic p...
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Existing sociological theories of international relations yield contrasting predictions for their structure that range from an increasingly dense and universally tied network to networks in which ties tend to concentrate within or between certain types of economically, politically or culturally defined blocs. We contribute to this growing body of e...
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We use matched employer-employee data to examine gender differences in pay over a 15-year period (1993-2007) in Slovenia to understand how labour market stratification may be impacted by systemic economic change. The central finding of our analysis is that there was a substantial increase in gender inequality over this period, and that the organisa...
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This book was born when an ensemble of leading scholars prepared papers for a late 2009 conference on the broad theme of postsocialist developmental trajectories out of socialism, each in accord with his or her own disciplinary calling and regional specialization. Each appraised one of the following themes in one or more of the countries in questio...
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This book examines the 20-year aftermath of the 1989 assaults on established, state-sponsored socialism in the former Soviet bloc and in China. It brings together prominent experts on Eastern Europe and China to examine the respective trajectories of political, economic and social transformations that unfolded in these two areas, while also compari...
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This chapter responds to Fred Block's article about the weaknesses of the concept of capitalism because of its close association with Marxism, and his proposal for a Polanyian analysis of political economy. In this chapter, I interrogate what may be the commonalities as opposed to divergences between Marx and Polanyi, and I question whether the con...
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This paper attempts to clarify the concept of relational work for understanding economic life as proposed by Viviana Zelizer. To do so, it first compares the concept to similar notions used in other disciplinary fields. Second, it reinterprets some exemplary economic sociology studies by using the relational work lens to clarify the concept’s utili...
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How relevant is nationality in global economic behavior? The aim of this paper is to scrutinize the relevance of nationality affiliations and nationality conceptions in cross-border economic transactions, using the case of foreign investment exchanges. In particular, I examine how nationality affiliations may shape the types of commitments that act...
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This article reviews sociological research about economic globalization’s impact on work and labor in developed and developing countries since the 1980s. We find that this period of neoliberal globalization influences work because of intensified activities of multinational corporations (MNCs), financialization of the global economy, and amplified p...
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Although income inequality in Central and Eastern Europe was considerably lower during socialism than in other countries at comparable levels of development, it increased significantly in all Central and East European states after the fall of communist regimes. However, some of these countries managed to maintain comparatively low inequality levels...
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This essay uses the case of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Central and Eastern Europe to stipulate how European Union (EU) integration affected the economic globalisation of the post-socialist region. Existing studies argue that expectations of impending EU membership had a direct effect on raising FDI inflows because they reduced perceived inv...
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How do emotions influence economic action? Current literature recognizes the importance of emotions for economy because they either help individuals perform economic roles through emotion management or enhancement of emotional intelligence, or because they aid rationality through their influence on preference formation. All these strands of researc...
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Purpose – This introductory essay to an edited volume proposes possible contributions from economic sociology to the study of work broadly defined. Weber had a vision of economic sociology as a study of not only economic phenomena but also economically relevant and economically conditioned phenomena. Work, in its market and nonmarket variety, falls...
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I argue that economic globalization, indicated by the tremendous rise in world foreign direct investment (FDI) in recent decades, is not driven simply by investor considerations of economic risk and return, but is significantly shaped by the construction of demand for foreign capital by receiving states. States signal this demand through the levels...
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How does foreign direct investment (FDI) affect income inequality? We bring evidence from the natural experiment of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to bear on a hotly debated topic. We begin by outlining the literature on the effect of FDI on income inequality, and the serious critiques offered by Firebaugh that raised doubt on previous research....
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Bringing together perspectives from economic sociology and cultural sociology, this paper proposes that because economic phenomena are imbued with meaning they can be studied as cultural objects. This approach includes first identifying the content of people's understanding of economic phenomena and then tracing out what is it that structures their...
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The object of analysis in Josh Whitford's excellent book is the restructuring of American manufacturing, which has experienced a devastating crisis in the late 20th century. Whitford provides a nuanced account of the complexities and contingencies of the organizational transformation of the quintessential old economy industry, metal manufacturing,...
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From Communists to Foreign Capitalists explores the intersections of two momentous changes in the late twentieth century: the fall of Communism and the rise of globalization. Delving into the economic change that accompanied these shifts in central and Eastern Europe, Nina Bandelj presents a pioneering sociological treatment of the process of forei...
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Does the rise of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Central and Eastern Europe lead to supraterritoriality? The analysis of FDI flows between world investor countries and Central and East European (CEE) hosts between 1989 and 2000 shows that the majority of FDI flows into CEE in this period do not exemplify a trend of undifferentiated transcendence...
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The paper differentiates between three conceptualizations of organizational networks: as resources, as organizational logic, and as a change mechanism. We integrate and apply these conceptualizations in one of the first comprehensive studies of private business schools in post-socialism. Using case studies, content analysis of websites, and an open...
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The article examines foreign investment in Slovenia to study the interplay between global investment flows, pressures from regional associations, and national protectionist efforts and resistance to foreign ownership. Using content analysis of policies and parliamentary debates, the author investigates how the newly established Slovenian state inst...
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This paper studies character-role creation by Method actors to begin developing a sociological understanding of artistic creativity and shed light on the construction of social roles. Portrayals on film or stage reflect but also importantly shape audience's understandings of social life. How do actors create these portrayals? The analysis of interv...
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Exploring the relationship between global forces and local practices, this article examines the reception of global investment flows in an East European transition country, Slovenia. Using content analysis of legal regulations and policies, the article investigates how global pressures impact the official foreign investment policy regime in Sloveni...
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Foreign direct investment (FDI) is considered a powerful catalyst in market transition. However, FDI flows vary greatly across Central and East European transition countries. I compare and contrast current approaches, which consider country characteristics as determinants of FDI, with a relational approach that emphasizes institutional, political,...
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Official reports concerning Central and East European transition economies view foreign direct investment (FDI) as an engine in the transition from state socialism and a powerful force for integration of this region into the global economy (IMF 1997, UNCTAD 1998). Many experts agree that, “without massive inflows of foreign capital, successful tran...
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Can institutionalization of organizational fields be led from the outside? What consequences do new organizational fields have for large scale social change? Examining the institutionalization of management education field in Central and Eastern Europe since the fall of Communism provides an opportune research site to address both of these question...
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Investment in Central and Eastern Europe. For context, I included the abstract of the dissertation in the Appendix. , 2 Two major,processes,of social changehave,been consequential,during the past decade: globalization,and,transition from state-socialism. Much,has been written,and speculated,about,the complexity,and,significance,of each of these two...
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--Princeton University, 2003. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 293-308).
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Bringing together perspectives from the new economic sociology and new cultural sociology, this paper proposes that because economic phenomena are imbued with meaning they can be studied as cultural objects. In particular, the goal is to analyze the public discussions surrounding the sales of domestic assets to foreign owners in postsocialist Slove...