... And the Pursuit of Happiness : Wellbeing & the Role of Government, Paperback / softback Book

... And the Pursuit of Happiness : Wellbeing & the Role of Government Paperback / softback

Edited by Philip Booth



In spite of general reductions in government spending, the prime minister has found room in the government's budget to spend money on a major survey of what makes the British people happy.

This will be used, in the prime minister's own words, to guide government policy towards improvements in general well-being rather than improvements in national income.

But is it really true that government policy has always been orientated towards maximising GDP?

Is it true that well-being does not increase as income increases?

Is it true that more equal societies are happier societies?

Can we really improve well-being through workplace legislation?

Is it right to orientate government policy towards the single aim of increasing aggregate well-being across society as. a whole? These questions and many more are tackled by some of the leading intellectuals in the field.

Overall, this monograph provides a substantial challenge to those who want to put the explicit pursuit of well-being at the heart of government policy.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 248 pages, tables & charts
  • Publisher: Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Economics
  • ISBN: 9780255366564



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