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Well-being: A welfare ideal?

Beverley A. Searle

in Well-being

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9781861348876
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304241 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348876.003.0006
Well-being: A welfare ideal?

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This chapter opens up the debate on the ‘myth’ of economic progress and national well-being. It turns the spotlight onto social comparisons and what is perceived as success, considering the implications for enhancing well-being. This chapter also provides answers to the question of what a measure of well-being should look like if economic measures are not to be considered by revisiting the ‘welfare’ theme. It addresses the complex make-up of well-being and considers whether happiness and satisfaction are what should be strived for, or whether there is a more realistic and sustainable ideal.

Keywords: economics; welfare; happiness; satisfaction; sociology

Chapter.  7395 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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