1st Edition

Working Time International Trends, Theory and Policy Perspectives

Edited By Deborah M. Figart, Lonnie Golden Copyright 2001
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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.

    Chapter 1 Introduction and overview, Deborah M. Figart, Lonnie Golden; Part 1 Current trends and patterns in work hours; Chapter 2 The enigma of working time trends, Barry Bluestone, Stephen Rose; Chapter 3 Working time reduction in the European Union, Steffen Lehndorff; Chapter 4 The longest day, Robert Drago, Robert Caplan, David Costanza, Tanya Brubaker, Darnell Cloud, Naomi Harris, Russell Kashian, T. Lynn Riggs; Chapter 5 Working hours and time pressure, Juliet B. Schor; Part 2 Empirical and theoretical foundations; Chapter 6 Who are the overworked Americans?, Jerry A. Jacobs, Kathleen Gerson; Chapter 7 The incentive to work hard, Linda A. Bell; Chapter 8 Driven to spend, David George; Chapter 9 Natural, social, and political limits to work time, Paul Burkett; Chapter 10 Revising the labor supply curve, Robert E. Prasch; Part 3 Innovations in working time and public policy; Chapter 11 Working time reductions, employment consequences and lessons from Europe, Gerhard Bosch; Chapter 12 The lump-of-labor case against work-sharing, Tom Walker; Chapter 13 Better timing?, Lonnie Golden; Chapter 14 The social implications of European work time policies, Ellen Mutari, Deborah M. Figart; Chapter 15 History and housework, Laura Leete;


    Lonnie Golden is Associate Professor of Economics at Pennsylvania State University. Deborah M. Figart is Professor of Economics at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

    'An excellent international account of the issues ... brings together a splendid collection of contemporary research on a critical area in employment relations.' - Labour & Industry