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Well-beingIn search of a good life?$
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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: A welfare ideal?

Well-being: A welfare ideal?

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Beverley A. Searle

Policy Press

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

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