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Time Well Spent

Subjective Well-Being and the Organization of Time

Daniel Wheatley

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Measuring quality of life has been identified as fundamental in assessing the relative progress of societies and as having relevance for both monitoring and policy-making purposes. Self-reported measures of well-being, referred to as subjective well-being, have become increasingly topical given the growing awareness of the limitations of existing measures of well-being including gross domestic product (GDP). In the UK, the ONS’s ‘Happiness Index’ was launched in 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron.

This book aims to improve our understanding of well-being through an analysis of time-use in a post-industrial society, the UK, drawing on empirical data from large-scale surveys such as
Understanding Society and smaller-scale case study evidence. It uses a plurality of theoretical perspectives to explore the relationship between our use of time and our reported levels of satisfaction, and considers the policy lessons that we can take from our organization of time.
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Rowman & Littlefield International
Pages: 272Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-78348-425-6 • Hardback • May 2017 • $125.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-78348-427-0 • eBook • May 2017 • $37.95 • (£24.95)
Daniel Wheatley is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Business and Labour Economics at University of Birmingham Business School.
1. Subjective well-being and time-use: An introduction / 2. A pluralist perspective on time-use / 3. Time-use: The historical and policy context / 4. Work-time, the quality of work and well-being / 5. The household division of labour and flexibility in paid work / 6. Care and volunteering: The (feel) good Samaritan (with Irene Hardill) / 7. Where to next? Travel-to-work and travel-for-work / 8. Leisure time: The pursuit of happiness (with Craig Bickerton) / 9. The organization of time and subjective well-being: Key findings and implications for public and organizational policy
Combining both new empirical evidence and a mix of different theories, this book offers a unique insight into the relationship between subjective well-being and time use. The book contributes positively to an important debate on how we might lead better and more fulfilled lives inside and outside work. Reading it is time well-spent.
David Spencer, Professor of Economics and Political Economy, Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change, University of Leeds


This is an intelligent book dedicated to one of the most important and scarcest resources in a modern human’s life: time. It provides an excellent account of different authoritative theories on time-use, as well as offers new evidence on how different allocations of time can impact our overall sense of well-being. A good companion for well-being researchers everywhere.
Nick Powdthavee, Professor, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick


This book is an excellent addition to the growing social science literature on well-being. The perspective of time-use and its relation to subjective well-being provides a range of insights, and the findings presented and discussed are thought-provoking and noteworthy. I was particularly pleased to see the strong presence of themes relating to politics, policy and gender, and will be making extensive use of this book in the course I teach on politics and well-being.
David Walker, Politics Undergraduate Degree Director, Newcastle University


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