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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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

ISBN13: 9781107121256
Published: August 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £69.99

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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.

Employment Law, Jurisprudence, EU Law
1. Theorising 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.