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The arrival of time politics

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For several decades it has been apparent that the old ways of managing time are fast disappearing. Fixed jobs, shared rhythms of shopping and leisure, marriage, work and retirement — all are on the way out, albeit slowly. Public policy, after lagging behind social change, has started to catch up with new rights to work flexibly that have captured the public imagination far more than anyone expected, rights to parental leave, and support for childcare that is for many the prerequisite for more flexible working. The advent of 24-hour health advice from NHS Direct, postal voting, online tax returns and of ministers who resign to spend time with their family and actually mean it, are all symptoms of this shift.

Keywords: arrival; politics; time

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 9, 2005

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