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Gendering European Working Time Regimes
The Working Time Directive and the Case of Poland

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Part of Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policy

  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107121256

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  • The standard approach to regulating working hours rests on gendered assumptions about how paid and unpaid work ought to be divided. In this book, Ania Zbyszewska takes a feminist, socio-legal approach to evaluate whether the contemporary European working time regimes can support a more equal sharing of this work. Focusing on the legal and political developments surrounding the EU's Working Time Directive and the reforms of Poland's Labour Code, Zbyszewska reveals that both regimes retain this traditional gender bias, and suggests the reasons for its persistence. She employs a wide range of data sources and uses the Polish case to assess the EU influence over national policy discourse and regulation, with the broader transnational policy trends also considered. This book combines legal analysis with social and political science concepts to highlight law's constitutive role and relational dimensions, and to reflect on the relationship between discursive politics and legal action.

    • Reveals gender bias within the EU's Working Time Directive and explains how the Directive came to be framed in this manner
    • Examines the relationship between policy discourse and regulatory action, considering the roles of political-economic context, institutions, and actors
    • Contextualizes Polish working time reform within the country's socialist past, the process of political-economic transition, and EU accession
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    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107121256
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Theorizing the gendered politics of working time regulation in multilevel contexts
    2. The European Union universe of political discourse on working time: from security to flexibility and beyond
    3. The European Union Working Time Directive: laying the gender-neutral foundation for a flexible working time regime
    4. The Polish working time regime from socialism to the liberal democracy: long hours, women's double burden, and social reproduction
    5. Consolidating flexibility: the Polish working time regime, gender, and social reproduction in the run-up to and since the European Union accession
    6. Social reproduction, gender, working time regulation: change on the bedrock of continuity
    Appendix A. Statistical tables
    Appendix B. Key features of the Polish working time regime over the years
    Appendix C. Key labour code amendments 2001–9: provisions on working time and work-family reconciliation.

  • Author

    Ania Zbyszewska, University of Warwick
    Ania Zbyszewska is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Warwick Law School.

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