Capitalism and the Political Economy of Work Time (Routledge by Christoph Hermann

By Christoph Hermann

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 12 months 2000, whilst productiveness might keep growing at a longtime speed. productiveness development bogged down a bit within the Seventies and Eighties, yet rebounded within the Nineteen Nineties with the unfold of latest info and communique applied sciences. the information economic climate, in spite of 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 not often fallen within the complex capitalist international locations within the final 3 a long time, whereas in a few international locations they've got really elevated because the Nineteen Eighties.

This ebook takes the patience of lengthy paintings hours as place to begin to enquire the connection among capitalism and paintings time. It does so by way of discussing significant theoretical faculties and their motives for the size and distribution of labor hours, in addition to tracing significant alterations in creation and copy platforms, and reading their effects for paintings hours.

Furthermore, this quantity explores the fight for shorter paintings hours, ranging from the advent of the ten-hour paintings day within the 19th century to the advent of the 35-hour week in France and Germany on the finish of the 20th century. although, the publication additionally exhibits how neoliberalism has eroded collective paintings time rules and ended in a rise and polarization of labor hours because the Eighties. ultimately, the ebook argues that shorter paintings hours not just skill extra unfastened time for staff, but additionally reduces inequality and improves human and ecological sustainability.

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