The Normal „Working Day”

This essay is one of the numerous empirically oriented works, which, still very much in the Habermasian tradition, try to analyze the problems and reconfiguration of labour in late capitalist societies. Deutschmann analyzes the evolution of the “working day”, its effects on capitalist production, labour market and everyday life in late capitalist societies. Deutschmann argues that the evolving legal regulation of the working day (and the corresponding safeguards in labour law and more generally, in social legislation) in post-war welfare societies plays a crucial role in the stabilization of capitalist economy. In his conclusion he addresses the prospective danger which deregulation can pose to the stability of labour markets in late capitalist societies.

Released: Replika 68, 87–102.
János Weiss