Working Time: International Trends, Theory and Policy Perspectives / Edition 1

Working Time: International Trends, Theory and Policy Perspectives / Edition 1

by Deborah M. Figart, Lonnie Golden
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415228344

ISBN-13: 9780415228343

Pub. Date: 10/19/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Working time is a crucial issue for both research and public policy. This book presents the first comprehensive analysis of both paid and unpaid work time, integrating a unique discussion of overwork, underwork, shortening of the working week, and flexible work practices.
Time at work is affected by a complex web of evolving culture and social relations, as well

Overview

Working time is a crucial issue for both research and public policy. This book presents the first comprehensive analysis of both paid and unpaid work time, integrating a unique discussion of overwork, underwork, shortening of the working week, and flexible work practices.
Time at work is affected by a complex web of evolving culture and social relations, as well as market, technological, and macroeconomic forces, and institutions such as collective bargaining and government policy. Using a variety of new data sources, the authors review the latest trends on working time in numerous countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415228343
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/19/2000
Series:
Routledge Advances in Social Economics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1:Introduction and Overview:Understanding working time around the world; Part I:Current trends and patterns in work hours:what is the evidence?; 2:The enigma of working time trends; 3:Working time reduction in the European Union:a diversity of trends and approaches; 4:The longest day:working time for teachers; 5:Working hours and time pressure; the controversy about trends in time use; Part II:Empirical and theoretical foundations:explaining overwork and underemployment; 6:Who are the overworked Americans?; 7:The incentive to work hard:differences in black and white workers hours and preferences; 8:Driven to spend:longer work hours as a byproduct of market forces; 9:Natural, social and political limits to work time:the contemporary relevance of Marx's analysis; 10:Revising the labour supply curve:implications for work time and minimum wage legislation; Part III:Innovations in working time and public policy; 11:Working time reductions, employment consequences and lessons from Europe:defusing a quasi-religious controversy; 12:The perennial 'lump of labour' case against worksharing:populist fallacy of marginalist throwback?; 13:Better timing:work schedule flexibility among US workers and policy directions; 14:The social implications of European work time policies:promoting gender equity?; 15:History and housework:implications for work hours and family policies in market economies

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