This chapter summarises the argument running through the book. It identifies key features of the period since 1970, in particular the rise of neo-liberal economics and the decline in status of trade unions. As a result, the anticipated increase in leisure time has not occurred; if anything the opposite has happened. A further feature of the period is that excessive work for some has been accompanied by high levels of unemployment and underemployment. The outcome is a pervasive sense that time is short, and that there is little beyond personal organisation that can be done about it. The book concludes with evidence that time can be reorganised.
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