Work and Idleness: The Political Economy of Full Employment

Work and Idleness: The Political Economy of Full Employment

by Jane Wheelock
     
 

Work and Idleness develops the view that redistributing employment is a 'feasible capitalist' solution, not just to the unemployment which particular groups suffer, but also to the work that others have to contend with, including many women. Putting the redistribution of employment on the policy agenda opens up debate on how to ensure a more equitable and fulfilling…  See more details below

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Work and Idleness develops the view that redistributing employment is a 'feasible capitalist' solution, not just to the unemployment which particular groups suffer, but also to the work that others have to contend with, including many women. Putting the redistribution of employment on the policy agenda opens up debate on how to ensure a more equitable and fulfilling relationship between the ways we gain our livelihoods and the lives we lead.

Part I of this book presents the main economic theories driving the continuing divide between the intensification of work and the extension of idleness. Part II documents the ways in which the shift to mass idleness in advanced industrial countries has hit some groups particularly hard: the youngest and oldest age groups and other groups, including disabled workers, have traditionally been subject to discrimination in the labor markets. Part III provides a set of policy prescriptions.

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Develops the controversial view that redistributing employment, usually by cutting back the hours in the work week to create more jobs, is a feasible capitalist solution not only to the unemployment that particular groups suffer, but also for relieving others, such as women, of work they must now contend with. Describes the growing insecurity in the labor markets due to mass unemployment and the growth of workless households, a gender-based redistribution of hours worked, a shift from full- time waged work to full-time self-employment, and changes in state regulations. Also discusses how some groups, such as the old, the young, and the handicapped are increasingly discriminated against in the current climate. Provides a set of policy prescriptions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789401058896
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Series:
Recent Economic Thought Series, #66
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1998
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

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