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Work, leisure and the environment

The vicious circle of overwork and over consumption

Tim Robinson

Edward Elgar Publishing 2006, 136 s. ISBN 1847201032
Bogomtale fra forlaget.

This book explains how work-life balance is
being destroyed because individuals fail to link their work effort with its
adverse environmental effects and the personal costs they impose.

The burgeoning literature dealing with work-life balance suggests that the
developed world is more interested in this issue today than at any other
time in the recent past. Provocative and insightful, Work, Leisure and the
Environment presents a rigorous explanation based on economic theory as to
why contemporary societies suffer from over-work and work-life imbalance,
asserting that they are both the cause and effect of environmental
degradation. The author focuses upon a fundamental flaw in contemporary
market economies that causes individuals to unknowingly reduce their
well-being by working and consuming excessively, while enjoying inadequate
leisure time. It is argued that this inability to correctly assess the
benefits derived from their work effort causes individuals to place
unreasonable and unsustainable demands on the environment. By ignoring the
environmental destruction that accompanies work effort, its benefits are
overestimated and, as a consequence, individuals voluntarily choose to work
longer hours than they should.

This engaging volume will have widespread appeal amongst researchers and
policymakers interested in the environment, consumerism and labour markets
and will also be an invaluable reference tool for studies into leisure and
work-life balance.

Synopsis
The burgeoning literature dealing with work-life balance suggests that the developed world is more interested in this issue today than at any time in the recent past. "Work, Leisure and the Environment" is about a fundamental flaw in market economies that causes us to unknowingly reduce our well-being by working and consuming too much. We do this because we are unable to correctly assess the benefits we derive from our individual work effort. By ignoring the environmental destruction that accompanies this work effort, we overestimate its benefits, with the consequence that we choose to work longer hours than we should. This book will have widespread appeal amongst researchers and policy-makers interested in the environment, labour economics and work - life balance.