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Well-Being and Beyond

Broadening the Public and Policy Discourse Edited by Timo J. Hämäläinen, Sitra Fellow, the Finnish Innovation Fund, Finland and Juliet Michaelson, Associate Director,, Centre for Well-being, New Economics Foundation, UK
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.

Extent: 368 pp
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Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78347 289 5
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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.
‘Seldom is a work of non-fiction so essential to such a wide audience. The concept of well-being has been an elusive dream of humanity for centuries. It is spoken of in national vision statements and the dreams of poets. This book is the most concrete exploration to date of not only what well-being can mean to the individual but also what policy cast in a context of well-being can mean for the private sector as well as the state. As this compilation of the wisdom of global experts in the field details how well-being can be attained in a host of settings, it is compulsory reading for not only corporate and political leaders but also for the individual who seeks well-being as a personal quest.’
– Professor Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Teacher Education, York University, Canada

‘I strongly advise you to read this book. In 1934, Professor Simon Kuznets said of the modern world, “the welfare of a nation [can] scarcely be inferred from a measure of national income” and yet since that time the governments of the industrialized world have paid no attention to such good sense. They have instead become obsessed by the totems of economic growth and GDP. Kuznets would have greatly approved of this volume and I can think of no higher praise. It has taken us exactly 80 years, but we have finally got there. Human well-being is what matters.’
– Professor Andrew J Oswald, University of Warwick, UK
Contributors: S. Bartolini, A. Basu, C.L. Cooper, M. Csikszentmihalyi, M. Eriksson, J. Flint-Taylor, T.J. Hämäläinen, J.F. Helliwell, A. Hubert, R. Kaplan, S. Kaplan, B. Lindström, A. Lyon, J. Michaelson, G. Mulgan, M. O’Hara, P. Puska, C. Seaford
Contents:

1. New Theories and Policies for Well-being: Introduction
Juliet Michaelson and Timo J. Hämäläinen

PART I: THE NEED FOR COHERENCE
2. In Search of Coherence: Sketching a Theory of Sustainable Well-being
Timo J. Hämäläinen

3. The Salutogenic Framework for Well-being: Implications for Public Policy
Monica Eriksson and Bengt Lindström

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
Agnès Hubert

13. Policies for Well-being and Health
Pekka Puska

14. Practical Models for Well-being Oriented Policy
Juliet Michaelson

Index