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  • Wellbeing

    Alternative Policy Perspectives

    Timothy Besley, Irene Bucelli (eds.)

    Book 2 in the LSE Public Policy Review Series series.
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    Governments in liberal democracies pursue social welfare, but in many different ways. The wellbeing approach instead asks: Why not focus directly on increasing measured human happiness? Why not try to improve people’s overall quality of life, as it is subjectively seen by citizens themselves?

    The radical implications of this stance include shifting attention to previously neglected areas (such as mental health and ‘social infrastructure’ services) and developing defensible measures of overall wellbeing or quality of life indicators. Can one ‘master’ concept of wellbeing work to create more holism in policy-making? Or should we stick with multiple metrics? These debates have been live in relation to an alternative ‘capacities’ approaches, and they are well-developed in health policymaking. Most recently, the connections between wellbeing and political participation have come into sharper focus.

    Wellbeing remains a contested concept, one that can be interpreted and used differently, with consequences for how it is incorporated into policy decisions. By bringing together scholars from economics, psychology and behavioural science, philosophy and political science, the authors explore how different disciplinary approaches can contribute to the study of wellbeing and how this can shape policy priorities.

    Chapters

    • Introduction: Making Wellbeing Policies Effective

      Timothy Besley & Irene Bucelli
    • Wellbeing as the Goal of Policy

      Richard Layard
    • Accounting for Consequences and Claims in Policy

      Paul Dolan
    • Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Public Policy: On the Dangers of Single Metric Accounting

      Johanna Thoma
    • Wellbeing in Public Policy: Contributions Based on Sen’s Capability Approach

      Paul Anand
    • Incorporating Wellbeing and Mental Health Research to Improve Pandemic Response

      Michael Daly & Liam Delaney
    • COVID-19 and Mental Health and Wellbeing Research: Informing Targeted, Integrated, and Long-Term Responses to Health Emergencies

      Annette Bauer
    • Health, Wellbeing, and Democratic Citizenship: A Review and Research Agenda

      Christopher J. Anderson et al.
    • Health and Disability Gaps in Political Engagement: A Short Review

      Mikko Mattila

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    Besley T. & Bucelli I. (eds.) 2022. Wellbeing: Alternative Policy Perspectives. London: LSE Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31389/lsepress.well
    Besley, T. and Bucelli, I., 2022. Wellbeing: Alternative Policy Perspectives. London: LSE Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31389/lsepress.well
    Besley, Tand I Bucelli. Wellbeing: Alternative Policy Perspectives. LSE Press, 2022. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31389/lsepress.well
    Besley, T., & Bucelli, I. (2022). Wellbeing: Alternative Policy Perspectives. London: LSE Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31389/lsepress.well
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    Additional Information

    Published on Aug. 30, 2022

    Language

    English

    Pages:

    218

    ISBN
    Paperback 978-1-909890-82-4
    PDF 978-1-909890-81-7

    DOI
    https://doi.org/10.31389/lsepress.well