This book will broaden the public and policy discourse on the importance of well-being by examining psychological, social, environmental, economic, organizational, institutional and political determinants of individual well-being.
The public policy discourse on well-being and its indicators has become more active in recent years. However, the vast majority of mainstream policy-making remains unchanged; still couched in the post-war material deprivation framework. The scope needs to be widened beyond an overarching focus on economic success. Turning the discussion to well-being opens the door to the understanding gained by a much broader tranche of those researching human lives across the social and health sciences.
This book will be of interest to individuals following the current public and policy debates about well-being, as well as to policy-makers in fields of social and health care, environmental planning, urban development, and innovation, industrial and economic policy.
Edited by Timo J. Hamalainen, Sitra Fellow, the Finnish Innovation Fund, Finland and Juliet Michaelson, Associate Director,, Centre for Well-being, New Economics Foundation, UK
Contents: 1. New Theories and Policies for Well-being: Introduction Juliet Michaelson and Timo J. Hamalainen PART I: THE NEED FOR COHERENCE 2. In Search of Coherence: Sketching a Theory of Sustainable Well-being Timo J. Hamalainen 3. The Salutogenic Framework for Well-being: Implications for Public Policy Monica Eriksson and Bengt Lindstroem 4. Well-being and Well-becoming: Reauthorizing the Subject in Incoherent Times Maureen O'Hara and Andrew Lyon PART II: RESTORING THE CENTRALITY OF THE SOCIAL 5. Understanding and Improving the Social Context of Well-being John F. Helliwell 6. Buying Alone: How the Decreasing American Happiness Turned into the Current Economic Crisis Stefano Bartolini 7. Creating Supportive Environments to Foster Reasonableness and Achieve Sustainable Well-being Avik Basu, Rachel Kaplan and Stephen Kaplan PART III: REVISING ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES 8. What Implications Does Well-being Science Have for Economic Policy? Charles Seaford 9. Well-being in Organizations Jill Flint-Taylor and Cary L. Cooper PART IV: POLICY RESPONSES 10. The Politics of Consciousness Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 11. Well-being, Capitalism and Public Policy: From Generalization to Granularity Geoff Mulgan 12. Well-being for Growth and Democracy in the EU Agnes Hubert 13. Policies for Well-being and Health Pekka Puska 14. Practical Models for Well-being Oriented Policy Juliet Michaelson Index