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Three Worlds of Working Time: The Partisan and Welfare Politics of Work Hours in Industrialized Countries

Three Worlds of Working Time: The Partisan and Welfare Politics of Work Hours in Industrialized... This article argues that annual hours per employed person and per working-age person capture important dimensions of political-economic success that should be weighed against aggregate employment and wealth patterns. It also argues that partisan-driven work-time policies and welfare-regime institutions give rise to diverging Social Democratic, Liberal, and Christian Democratic “worlds” of work time in terms of these two measures. Descriptive statistics for eighteen Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries reveal broad clustering and trends suggestive of the Three Worlds, while panel estimation suggests the influence of partisan and welfare-institutional conditions underlying them. Case study of Finland, the United States, and the Netherlands further illustrates the political process and sequence of the Three Worlds. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Politics & Society SAGE

Three Worlds of Working Time: The Partisan and Welfare Politics of Work Hours in Industrialized Countries

Politics & Society , Volume 32 (4): 35 – Dec 1, 2004

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0032-3292
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1552-7514
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10.1177/0032329204269983
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Abstract

This article argues that annual hours per employed person and per working-age person capture important dimensions of political-economic success that should be weighed against aggregate employment and wealth patterns. It also argues that partisan-driven work-time policies and welfare-regime institutions give rise to diverging Social Democratic, Liberal, and Christian Democratic “worlds” of work time in terms of these two measures. Descriptive statistics for eighteen Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries reveal broad clustering and trends suggestive of the Three Worlds, while panel estimation suggests the influence of partisan and welfare-institutional conditions underlying them. Case study of Finland, the United States, and the Netherlands further illustrates the political process and sequence of the Three Worlds.

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Published: Dec 1, 2004

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