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By Christoph Hermann

John Maynard Keynes anticipated that round the yr 2030 humans could in basic terms paintings 15 hours every week. within the mid-1960s, Jean Fourastié nonetheless expected the creation of the 30-hour week within the yr 2000, whilst productiveness may keep growing at a longtime velocity. productiveness development bogged down just a little within the Seventies and Eighties, yet rebounded within the Nineteen Nineties with the unfold of recent info and verbal exchange applied sciences. the information economic climate, although, didn't lead to a jobless destiny or a global with no paintings, as a few students had expected. With few exceptions, paintings hours of full-time staff have hardly ever fallen within the complicated capitalist nations within the final 3 a long time, whereas in a couple of nations they've got truly elevated because the Nineteen Eighties.


This ebook takes the endurance of lengthy paintings hours as place to begin to enquire the connection among capitalism and paintings time. It does so through discussing significant theoretical faculties and their causes for the size and distribution of labor hours, in addition to tracing significant alterations in construction and replica platforms, and examining their effects 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 20th century. despite the fact that, 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. eventually, the e-book argues that shorter paintings hours not just capacity extra unfastened time for employees, but additionally reduces inequality and improves human and ecological sustainability.

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