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Marxism, Neoclassical Economics and the Length of the Working Day

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The intention of this paper is to provide an insight into historical and contemporary conflict over the length of the working day by utilizing a particular interpretation of Marx's theory of surplus-value. Epistemological priority is given to labour time in examining conflict over distribution and working conditions. Historical and recent evidence is brought to bear to demonstrate the relevance of this conflict in the context of recent debate over working hours in the EU in general and the UK in particular.

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  • Bruce Philip, 2001. "Marxism, Neoclassical Economics and the Length of the Working Day," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(1), pages 27-39.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:13:y:2001:i:1:p:27-39
    DOI: 10.1080/09538250150210568
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    1. Roemer,John E., 1997. "Egalitarian Perspectives," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521574457, April.
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    1. Bruce Philp & Dan Wheatley, 2010. "Time Scarcity and the Dual Career Household: Competing Perspectives," Working Papers 2010/6, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Business School, Economics Division.
    2. Dan Wheatley & Irene Hardill & Bruce Philp, 2008. "Managing reductions in working hours: a study of work-time and leisure preferences in UK industry," Working Papers 2008/5, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Business School, Economics Division.

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