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Theory

Partha Dasgupta

in Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247882
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596100 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247889.003.0006
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Studies a comprehensive, but operational, notion of current well‐being, and develop ways of measuring it. In order to find a usable measure of current well‐being, I appeal to an overarching idea of citizenship, with its three constituent spheres: the civil, the political, and the socio‐economic. The classification is useful for identifying the constituents of well‐being. The idea of citizenship is useful also in that it directs us to study the kinds of institutions that are best suited to protect and promote human interests. Political scientists have shown that democracy is neither necessary nor sufficient for civic co‐operation and the benefits that come with it.

Keywords: citizenship; civic co‐operation; current well‐being; democracy; institutions

Chapter.  5396 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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