For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Work sharing"

by Schor, Juliet B (2015)


In a shrinking capitalist economy, fewer people are necessary to produce declining levels of production. Working hours will almost certainly fall. The conventional case is where reductions in hours come in the form of unemployment. With intentional degrowth, work is to be shared by reducing the schedules of all workers, thereby avoiding unemployment for some. This is called work sharing. Work sharing has been an important feature of economic policy in Europe since the 1980s but is less common in North America. Since the global …


Degrowth, Work Sharing, Working Hours, Economics, Unemployment, Post Growth


Job Sharing, Degrowth

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