Discretionary Time: A New Measure of Freedom

Discretionary Time: A New Measure of Freedom

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Robert E. Goodin, James Mahmud Rice, Antti Parpo, Lina Eriksson
Cambridge University Press, 2/21/2008
EAN 9780521709514, ISBN10: 0521709512

Paperback, 484 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.7 cm
Language: English

A healthy work-life balance has become increasingly important to people trying to cope with the pressures of contemporary society. This trend highlights the fallacy of assessing well-being in terms of finance alone; how much time we have matters just as much as how much money. The authors of this book have developed a novel way to measure 'discretionary time': time which is free to spend as one pleases. Exploring data from the US, Australia, Germany, France, Sweden and Finland, they show that temporal autonomy varies substantially across different countries and under different living conditions. By calibrating how much control people have over their time, and how much they could have under alternative welfare, gender or household arrangements, this book offers a new perspective for comparative cross-national enquiries into the temporal aspects of human welfare.

Part I. Introduction
1. Time and money
2. Discretionary time
3. The distribution of discretionary time
Part II. Time Pressure
4. Time pressure
a new problem?
5. Time pressure
a new measure
6. Is it really an illusion?
Part III. Welfare Regimes Matter
7. How welfare regimes differ
8. A temporal perspective on welfare regimes
9. Welfare regimes and temporal autonomy
Part IV. Gender Regimes Matter
10. How gender regimes differ
11. A temporal perspective on gender regimes
12. Gender regimes and temporal autonomy
Part V. Household Regimes Matter
13. How household regimes differ
14. The difference that household rules make
15. The difference that states make
16. Alternative household rules and temporal autonomy
Part VI. Conclusions
17. Conclusions
Appendix 1. Methodology
Appendix 2. Data.