New PDF release: Advances in Happiness Research: A Comparative Perspective

By Toshiaki Tachibanaki

ISBN-10: 4431557520

ISBN-13: 9784431557524

ISBN-10: 4431557539

ISBN-13: 9784431557531

This edited quantity makes a contribution to the literature on happiness study through compiling experiences in keeping with cross-national learn and from varied educational disciplines. The booklet is exact in that it includes either theoretical and empirical analyses, investigating courting among motives of happiness and fiscal habit when it comes to employment, intake, and saving. so much particularly, it's one of many first reviews during this topic zone that analyzes micro facts accumulated in Europe, US and Japan with details on respondents’ attributes and their financial habit, in addition to in measuring inter-temporal happiness through important issue research. study findings during this quantity shed new mild on public rules for a couple of components corresponding to employment, family members, social welfare, city and neighborhood making plans, and tradition. The publication attracts on a collaborative study venture among 5 associations of upper schooling in France, united kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Japan that lasted for 2 years.

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The wicked problems literature also continues to emphasise the importance of interconnected problems across multiple policy domains, while Weber and Khademian (2008) and Head and Alford (2013) emphasise the importance of multiple levels of government or multilevel governance, which has become a feature of contemporary policy-making since Rittel and Webber’s seminal contribution (see Bache and Flinders 2004). We return to this theme below. 2 Four Challenges Facing the Wellbeing Agenda In light of the discussion above we identify four challenges that have been raised in relation to the wellbeing agenda (measurement and policy).

Distraction – That the pursuit of wellbeing by government will lead to government failing to address other concerns Here the central concern is that a focus on wellbeing might lead to the neglect of other desirable political goals such as freedom, human rights, or fairness that may be more relevant as a guide for government action (Duncan 2010, 172). These arguments are very clear when related to government focusing solely on happiness, 3 The ‘Wicked Problem’ of Wellbeing: Theorising the Prospects for Policy Change 29 but speak less effectively to a more overtly multidimensional wellbeing agenda.

Environment and happiness: Valuation of air pollution using life satisfaction data. Ecological Economics, 58(4), 801–813. Chapter 3 The ‘Wicked Problem’ of Wellbeing: Theorising the Prospects for Policy Change Ian Bache and Louise Reardon 1 Wellbeing on the Political Agenda In the past decade there has been an increasing focus at both national and international levels on the extent to which governments can improve the wellbeing of citizens. At the core of these developments has been concern with GDP as the dominant indicator of societal progress, leading to a plethora of initiatives that have sought alternative or complementary measures of progress.

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