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Wellbeing in Politics and Policy

The Politics of Wellbeing

Theory, Policy and Practice

Editors: Bache, Ian, Scott, Karen (Eds.)

  • Addresses wellbeing as a multidimensional phenomenon, which speaks to global challenges such as climate change, inequality and poverty
  • Provides a theoretically grounded but accessible analysis of wellbeing and its relation to politics and policy
  • Offers a distinctive contribution from the Politics discipline to the policy debate on wellbeing
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About this book

This volume is the first collection in the field of wellbeing studies that places politics centre stage. Through a combination of intellectual inquiry, empirically-grounded research, and investigation across different settings, this book aims to provide fresh insights and develop new lenses through which to understand the rise and significance of the wellbeing agenda. Divided into three parts, it considers how to define wellbeing for public policy; the prospects for wellbeing as a force for political change; and the link between policy agendas and the everyday lives of people. The book explores the key political issues of power, democracy, and the legitimacy of wellbeing evidence in a range of settings – international, national and subnational/substate. The volume will appeal to wellbeing and politics scholars, as well as students and general readers with an interest in these new political agendas.

About the authors

Ian Bache is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Centre for Wellbeing in Public Policy at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Karen Scott is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter, UK.


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Wellbeing in Politics and Policy

    Bache, Ian (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • The End of History and the Invention of Happiness

    Evans, Jules

    Pages 25-47

  • Well-Being and Social Justice: In Defence of the Capabilities Approach

    Austin, Annie

    Pages 49-70

  • The Proper Role for Wellbeing in Public Policy: Towards a Pluralist, Pragmatic, Theory-Neutral Approach

    Taylor, Tim E.

    Pages 71-93

  • Is Wellbeing a Useful Concept for Progressives?

    Seaford, Charles

    Pages 97-120

Buy this book

eBook £98.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58394-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £123.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58393-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Wellbeing
Book Subtitle
Theory, Policy and Practice
Editors
  • Ian Bache
  • Karen Scott
Series Title
Wellbeing in Politics and Policy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58394-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58394-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58393-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 310
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
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