Well-being and beyond : broadening the public and policy discourse

pt. I. The need for coherence -- pt. II. Restoring the centrality of the social -- pt. III. Revising economic principles -- pt. IV. Policy responses

Main Author: Michaelson, Juliet
Corporate Author: Edward Elgar Publishing
Other Authors: Hämäläinen, Timo J.
Format: eBook
Published: Cheltenham, U.K Edward Elgar Pub. Ltd 2014
Series:New horizons in management series
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Collection: Edward Elgar eBook Archive - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:pt. I. The need for coherence -- pt. II. Restoring the centrality of the social -- pt. III. Revising economic principles -- pt. IV. Policy responses
'Seldom is a work of non-fiction so essential to such a wide audience. The concept of well-being has been an elusive dream of humanity for centuries. It is spoken of in national vision statements and the dreams of poets. This book is the most concrete exploration to date of not only what well-being can mean to the individual but also what policy cast in a context of well-being can mean for the private sector as well as the state. As this compilation of the wisdom of global experts in the field details how well-being can be attained in a host of settings, it is compulsory reading for not only corporate and political leaders but also for the individual who seeks well-being as a personal quest.' --Professor Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Teacher Education, York University, Toronto, Canada. 'I strongly advise you to read this book.
However, the vast majority of mainstream policy-making remains unchanged; still couched in the post-war material deprivation framework. The scope needs to be widened beyond an overarching focus on economic success. Turning the discussion to well-being opens the door to the understanding gained by a much broader tranche of those researching human lives across the social and health sciences. This book will be of interest to individuals following the current public and policy debates about well-being, as well as to policy makers in fields of social and health care, environmental planning, urban development, and innovation, industrial and economic policy
In 1934, Professor Simon Kuznets said of the modern world, "the welfare of a nation [can] scarcely be inferred from a measure of national income" and yet since that time the governments of the industrialized world have paid no attention to such good sense. They have instead become obsessed by the totems of economic growth and GDP. Kuznets would have greatly approved of this volume and I can think of no higher praise. It has taken us exactly 80 years, but we have finally got there. Human well-being is what matters.' --Professor Andrew J Oswald, University of Warwick, UK. This book will broaden the public and policy discourse on the importance of well-being by examining psychological, social, environmental, economic, organizational, institutional and political determinants of individual well-being. The public policy discourse on well-being and its indicators has become more active in recent years.
Physical Description:368 p