Anders Hayden is assistant professor of political science at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. His primary research interest is the social and political responses to climate change, particularly the evolving balance between efforts to promote green growth and sufficiency-based challenges to the endless growth of production and consumption. He is the author of “Sharing the Work, Sparing the Planet: Work Time, Consumption and Ecology”.

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Since the Industrial Revolution, two main motivations have driven the movement for work-time reduction. Free time away from the job improves individual well-being, while reducing work hours can cut unemployment by better distributing the available work. These historical motivations for work-time reduction have been joined by a new rationale: …

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