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Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace

Alex J. Wood


This book draws attention to the impact of flexible scheduling on managerial power and workplace control. When we understand paid work as a power relationship, the book argues, we see how the spread of precarious scheduling constitutes flexible despotism; a novel regime of control within the workplace. The author of the book believes that flexible despotism represents a new domain of inequality, in which the postindustrial working class increasingly suffers a scheduling nightmare. By investigating two of the largest retailers in the world, the book uncovers how control in the contemporary “fle ... More

Keywords: flexible scheduling, managerial power, workplace control, paid work, power relationship, flexible despotism, inequality, working class, flexible discipline

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501748875
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex J. Wood, author
University of Birmingham