Christoph Hermann's Capitalism and the Political Economy of Work Time (Routledge PDF

By Christoph Hermann

ISBN-10: 041581023X

ISBN-13: 9780415810234

John Maynard Keynes anticipated that round the yr 2030 humans could purely paintings 15 hours every week. within the mid-1960s, Jean Fourastié nonetheless expected the advent of the 30-hour week within the yr 2000, while productiveness might keep growing at a longtime speed. productiveness development bogged down a little bit within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, yet rebounded within the Nineties with the unfold of recent details and communique applied sciences. the information economic climate, besides the fact that, didn't result in a jobless destiny or a global with no paintings, as a few students had anticipated. With few exceptions, paintings hours of full-time staff have infrequently fallen within the complicated capitalist nations within the final 3 many years, whereas in a few international locations they've got truly elevated because the Nineteen Eighties.


This publication takes the patience of lengthy paintings hours as start line to enquire the connection among capitalism and paintings time. It does so by way of discussing significant theoretical faculties and their factors for the size and distribution of labor hours, in addition to tracing significant alterations in construction and replica structures, and interpreting their results for paintings hours.


Furthermore, this quantity explores the fight for shorter paintings hours, ranging from the creation of the ten-hour paintings day within the 19th century to the creation of the 35-hour week in France and Germany on the finish of the 20 th century. besides the fact that, the booklet additionally indicates how neoliberalism has eroded collective paintings time rules and led to a rise and polarization of labor hours because the Nineteen Eighties. ultimately, the e-book argues that shorter paintings hours not just skill extra loose time for employees, but additionally reduces inequality and improves human and ecological sustainability.

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