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Beverley Searle

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348876

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348876.001.0001

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Well-being: the state of the art

Well-being: the state of the art

(p.99) Five Well-being: the state of the art

Beverley A. Searle

Policy Press

This chapter discusses some of the principal issues that have emerged through studying high subjective well-being directly, and considers the implications for the direction of future well-being research. It addresses theoretical and methodological aspects of constructing a measure of well-being, suggesting that improvements at the national level will only be possible where subjective well-being is supported by social justice and not driven by economic growth.

Keywords:   economics, economic growth, social justice, sociology, research

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