Environmental and societal attitudes to working hours in gendered perspective: patterns, preferences and policy

Arntsen, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-5460-848X, Philp, B. and Donegani, C.P., 2018. Environmental and societal attitudes to working hours in gendered perspective: patterns, preferences and policy. Review of Political Economy, 30 (4), pp. 556-572. ISSN 0953-8259

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Abstract

This article begins from the premise that environmental degradation is a profound and present threat and that work time reduction–with an associated reduction in consumption–is one of a number of strategies that can be adopted to combat it. As a precursor to looking at how such policies can be supported, our research questions whether environmental attitudes are congruent with work time patterns and preferences. Our initial hypothesis was that those who care most for the environment would work fewer hours than those who exhibit lower levels of environmental concern, and prefer to do so. However, contra our expectations, our empirical analysis of the European Social Survey shows that those who state they care most about the environment are more likely to work longer hours, and prefer to do so. Overall, men tend to be less concerned about the environment, and work longer. Caring responsibilities, in contrast, fall disproportionately on women. We argue that this reflects traditional gender roles that are a residual from the social norm of the male breadwinner model. Given work time reduction as an environmental policy, the task is to influence preferences and ‘green’ human behaviour, especially among men.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Review of Political Economy
Creators: Arntsen, A., Philp, B. and Donegani, C.P.
Publisher: Informa UK
Date: 2 October 2018
Volume: 30
Number: 4
ISSN: 0953-8259
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/09538259.2018.1495352DOI
1234418Other
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 14 Nov 2019 12:07
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 03:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38280

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