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Description - Discretionary Time by Robert E. Goodin

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521882989
ISBN-10: 0521882982
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Pages: 482
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert E. Goodin

Robert E. Goodin is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Social & Political Theory in the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University. James Mahmud Rice is an ARC Research Associate in the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University. Antti Parpo is Administrator of Somero Social & Health Services, Finland. Lina Eriksson is an ARC Research Associate in the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University.

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