... 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: 10/01/2012
- Category: Economics
- ISBN: 9780255366564