The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being

The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being

by Derek Bok
     
 

"Bok provides a lucid analysis of scientific research on human happiness, and shows how it can and should be used to shape social policy. The breadth of his knowledge is matched only by the depth of his insight. There is not a word in this book to be missed."—Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

"Derek Bok asks the right question,

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"Bok provides a lucid analysis of scientific research on human happiness, and shows how it can and should be used to shape social policy. The breadth of his knowledge is matched only by the depth of his insight. There is not a word in this book to be missed."—Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

"Derek Bok asks the right question, 'What policies would produce the greatest happiness?' and he gives great and often startling answers, combining his deep knowledge of politics with the new findings of happiness research."—Richard Layard, author of Happiness: Lessons from a New Science

"Consistently fair-minded, pragmatic, and insightful, this is the single best book on its subject to date. Derek Bok confronts the findings of happiness research head-on and does not shy away from pursuing its implications."—Darrin M. McMahon, author of Happiness: A History

"This strong and timely book should have a major impact on how policymakers think."—Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

"Happiness research has principally focused on the factors affecting happiness, while policy implications remain an afterthought. There needs to be a more thoughtful and thorough consideration of these policy implications, and this excellent book is a significant contribution to the subject."—Richard Easterlin, University of Southern California

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ISBN-13:
9780691152561
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/26/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
749,155
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

CHAPTER 1: What Investigators Have Discovered 9

CHAPTER 2: The Reliability of Research on Happiness 32

CHAPTER 3: Should Policy-Makers Use Happiness Research? 45

CHAPTER 4: The Question of Growth 63

CHAPTER 5: What to Do about Inequality 79

CHAPTER 6: The Threat of Financial Hardship 99

CHAPTER 7: Relieving Suffering 124

CHAPTER 8: Marriages and Families 139

CHAPTER 9: Education 156

CHAPTER 10: The Quality of Government 179

CHAPTER 11: The Significance of Happiness Research 204

Notes 213

Index 247

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