McQuarrie, Michael

Dr Michael McQuarrie  


Position held

Associate Professor


Experience keywords:

Community organizing; community development; labor organizing; low-income housing; organizational development; university teaching

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My research explains the transformation of urban politics and civil society since 1973. Namely, I explain the trajectories of community-scale governance, the privatization of governance, community development, community organizing and related ethical commitments and values. I demonstrate this both by showing how the meaningful content of political values and practices, such as community and participation, have been transformed, but also how these changes are linked to the changing nature of governance, changing organizational populations, and the outcome of political conflicts.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

India; United States

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)207 955 7373



McQuarrie, Michael (2016) Trump and the Revolt of the Rust Belt USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (11 Nov 2016) Blog entry

McQuarrie, Michael (2016) Blacks have more political power than ever. but they still face a racialized criminal justice system. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (2 Aug 2016) Blog entry

McQuarrie, Michael (2016) With unions in decline, Trump’s path to the presidency is unlikely to be through the Rust Belt. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (10 Aug 2016) Blog entry

McQuarrie, Michael (2016) Sociology has a Trump problem Researching Sociology (17 Nov 2016) blog


Lee, Caroline W. and McQuarrie, Michael and Walker, Edward T., eds (2015) Democratizing inequalities: the promise and pitfalls of the new public participation NYU Press. ISBN 9781479883360


McQuarrie, Michael (2014) Community organizing and the reconstruction of urban authority In: Calhoun, Craig and Sennett, Richard, (eds.) Constituting Authority. Taylor & Francis, London.

McQuarrie, Michael (2014) Book review: John Arena, driven from New Orleans: how nonprofits betray public housing and promote privatization Contemporary Sociology, 43 (3). 339-341. ISSN 0094-3061


McQuarrie, Michael (2013) Postindustrial society In: Smith, Vicki, (ed.) Sociology of Work: an Encyclopedia. SAGE Publications, 694-696. ISBN 9781452205069

McQuarrie, Michael (2013) Sexual danger and the indian transformation The Hindu, 11/01 (2013).

McQuarrie, Michael (2013) What Mumbai's slums do right, and why we should emulate them Shelterforce, Winter (12-13).

McQuarrie, Michael (2013) No contest: participatory technologies and the transformation of urban authority Public Culture, 25 (1:69). 143-175. ISSN 0899-2363

McQuarrie, Michael and Fernandes, Naresh and Shepard, Cassim (2013) The field of struggle, the office, and the flat: protest and aspiration in a Mumbai slum Public Culture, 25 (2:70). 315-348. ISSN 0899-2363

Marwell, Nicole P. and McQuarrie, Michael (2013) People, place, and system: organizations and the renewal of urban social theory Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 647 (1). 126-143. ISSN 0002-7162

McQuarrie, Michael (2013) Community organizations in the foreclosure crisis: the failure of neoliberal civil society Politics and Society, 41 (1). 73-101. ISSN 0032-3292


McQuarrie, Michael (2012) Book review: Nina Eliasoph, making volunteers: civic life after welfare’s end Contemporary Sociology, 41 (2). 201-201. ISSN 0094-3061

McQuarrie, Michael and Calhoun, Craig (2012) The reluctant counterpublic In: Calhoun, Craig, (ed.) The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early Nineteenth-Century Social Movements. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA, 152-181. ISBN 9780226090849

McQuarrie, Michael (2012) Book review: Abdoumaliq Simone, city life from Jakarta to Dakar: movements at the crossroads Contemporary Sociology, 41 (3). 367-368. ISSN 0094-3061

McQuarrie, Michael (2012) Book review: Thad Williamson, sprawl, justice, and citizenship: the civic costs of the American way of life. Contemporary Sociology, 41 (4). 528-529. ISSN 0094-3061

McQuarrie, Michael (2012) Beyond the walls Hindustan Times, 22/04 (2012).

Smith, Michael P. and McQuarrie, Michael, eds (2012) Remaking urban citizenship: organizations, institutions, and the right to the city Comparative Urban and Community Research, 10. Transaction Publishing, Piscataway, USA. ISBN 9781412846189


McQuarrie, Michael (2011) Book review: David Imbroscio, urban America reconsidered: alternatives for governance and policy Contemporary Sociology, 40 (4). 456-457. ISSN 0094-3061

McQuarrie, Michael (2011) Nonprofits and the reconstruction of urban governance: housing production and community development in Cleveland, 1975-2005 In: Clemens, Elisabeth S. and Guthrie, Doug, (eds.) Politics and Partnerships: the Role of Voluntary Associations in America's Political Past and Present. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA, 237-268. ISBN 9780226109961

McQuarrie, Michael (2011) Who is responsible for police violence at UC Davis? Possible Futures (28 Nov 2011) blog

McQuarrie, Michael and Krumholz, Norman (2011) Institutionalized social skill and the rise of mediating organizations in urban governance: the case of the Cleveland Housing Network Housing Policy Debate, 21 (3). 421-442. ISSN 1051-1482

McQuarrie, Michael (2011) Occupy UC Davis? Possible Futures (22 Nov 2011) blog


McQuarrie, Michael (2010) ESOP rises again Shelterforce, Spring (2010).


McQuarrie, Michael (2009) Community development organizations In: Anheier, Helmut K. and Toepler, Stefan, (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. Springer, New York, USA. ISBN 9780387939940

McQuarrie, Michael (2009) Book review: Jeremy Gilbert, anticapitalism and culture: radical theory and popular politics Contemporary Sociology, 38 (6). 523-524. ISSN 0094-3061

McQuarrie, Michael and Marwell, Nicole P. (2009) The missing organizational dimension in urban sociology City and Community, 8 (3). 247-268. ISSN 1535-6841


McQuarrie, Michael (2008) Book review: Nicole P. Marwell, bargaining for Brooklyn: community organizations in the entrepreneurial city American Journal of Sociology, 114 (3). 811-813. ISSN 0002-9602

McQuarrie, Michael (2008) Running on empty Shelterforce, Spring (2008).

Guthrie, Doug and McQuarrie, Michael (2008) Providing for the public good: corporate-community relations in the era of the receding Welfare State City and Community, 7 (2). 113-139. ISSN 1535-6841


McQuarrie, Michael (2007) Book review: constructing rationalized exchange: risk, honor, and identity in contemporary financial markets Theory and Society, 36 (6). 573-577. ISSN 0304-2421

Calhoun, Craig and McQuarrie, Michael (2007) Public discourse and political experience: T.J. Wooler and transformations of the public sphere in early nineteenth-century Britain In: Benchimol, Alex and Maley, Willy, (eds.) Spheres of Influence: Intellectual and Cultural Publics From Shakespeare to Habermas. Peter Lang, Oxford, UK, 197-242. ISBN 9783039105397

McQuarrie, Michael and Calhoun, Craig (2007) Public discourse and political experience: T.J. Wooler and transformations of the public sphere in early 19th century Britain In: Benchimol, Alex and Maley, Willy, (eds.) Spheres of Influence: Intellectual and Cultural Publics From Shakespeare to Habermas. Peter Lang AG, Frankfurt, Germany, 197-239. ISBN 9783039105397

McQuarrie, Michael and Guthrie, Doug (2007) Houses for the poor and new business for banks: the creation of a market for affordable housing In: Quelch, John A. and Rangan, V. Kashturi and Herrero, Gustavo and Barton, Brooke, (eds.) Business Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Social and Economic Value. Jossey-Bass, Hoboken, USA, 249-258. ISBN 9780787982164

McQuarrie, Michael (2007) A conversation with Craig Calhoun Essays: the Newsletter for the Eastern Sociological Society, 22 (1). 11.


McQuarrie, Michael (2006) Knowledge production, publicness, and the structural transformation of the university: an interview with Craig Calhoun Thesis Eleven, 84 (1). 103-114. ISSN 0725-5136


Guthrie, Doug and McQuarrie, Michael (2005) Privatization and low-income housing in the United States since 1986 In: Prechel, Harland and Wejnert, Barbara, (eds.) Politics and Corporation. Research in political sociology (14). JAI Press Inc.. ISBN 9780762312177

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