The Case for a Four Day Week
The Case for a Four Day Week

Not so long ago, people thought that a ten-hour, six-day week was normal. Now, we assume that the eight-hour, five-day week represents a natural equilibrium of work and play. Will that soon be history too?

In this new book, three leading experts argue why it should be. They map out a pragmatic pathway to a four-day week that safeguards earnings for the lower-paid and keeps the economy flourishing. They argue that this radical vision will give workers time to be better parents and carers, allow men and women to share paid and unpaid work more equally, and help to save jobs – and create new ones – in the age of automation. Not only that, but it will help to combat the stress and illness caused by overwork, as well as helping the environment and allowing us cut down on the kind of wasteful ‘convenience’ shopping that we all do when we’re in a rush.

This book will be essential reading for anyone who has ever felt like they could get so much more done if all weekends were three days long.

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  • February 2021
  • 140 pages
  • 124 x 190 mm / 5 x 7 in
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  • 9781509539642
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Why We Need a Shorter Working Week
Chapter 3 Some Challenges
Chapter 4 Learning from Practical Experience
Chapter 5 A Road Map for Transition
In Conclusion
About the Author

Anna Coote is Principal Fellow at the New Economics Foundation.

Aidan Harper is Researcher at the New Economics Foundation.

Alfie Stirling is Head of Economics at the New Economics Foundation.

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