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(2009)
Publisher: Social Market Foundation
Languages: English
Types: Other
Subjects: L200, V520
Why are we are no happier than we once were? Should raising well-being be the aim of government? This book brings together celebrated academics and commentators to look for answers in the work of earlier thinkers, from JS Mill to JK Galbraith.\ud \ud Richard Reeves, Liam Halligan, Will Hutton, Kevin Hickson and Marina Bianchi examine the arguments of their chosen theorists. Lord Richard Layard, the best known contemporary advocate for government action in this area, concludes by giving his own take on why government should put well-being at the centre of its agenda.
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    • 5 The evidence is compiled in the online annex to l ayard's Happiness, available at http://cep.lse.ac.uk/ layard/annex.pdf
    • 6 Richard A. easterlin, “Does economic growth improve the Human l ot?” in Paul A. David and Melvin w. Reder, eds., Nations and Households in Economic Growth: Essays in Honor of Moses Abramovitz, (new York: Academic Press, inc., 1974)
    • 7 See John De graaf, David wann and Thomas H. naylor, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (San Fransisco: berrett-Koehler, 2001); Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss, Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough (Crows nest, nSw: Allen & Unwin, 2005) and, most recently, o liver James, Affluenza (l ondon: Vermilion, 2007).
    • 8 RH Tawney, The Sickness of an Acquisitive Society, (l ondon: Fabian Society, 1920); Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class (originally 1899), http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/833
    • 9 easton, “britain's happiness in decline”
    • 10 l ayard, Happiness, 113
    • 11 Andrew C. Revkin, 'A new Measure of well-being From a Happy l ittle Kingdom', The New York Times, october 4, 2005, http://www.gpiatlantic.org/conference/media/nyt1004.pdf
    • 12 See, for example, isaiah berlin, “Does Political Theory Still exist”, in The Proper Study of Mankind, ed. Henry Hardy and Roger Hausheer (l ondon: Pimlico, 1998), 78.
    • 13 Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (l ondon: Chatto and windus, 1932), 237
    • 14 l ouis Macneice, Snow, http://www.artofeurope.com/macneice/mac5.htm
    • 15 An argument put forward in the twentieth century by isaiah berlin - see his “Does Political Theory Still exist” - and more recently by John gray - see his Berlin (l ondon: Fontana Press, 1995).
    • 24 good summaries of the research can be found in bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer, Happiness and Economics (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002), Robert l ane, The Loss of Happiness in Market Democracies (new Haven: Yale University Press, 2000), Richard l ayard, Happiness: Lessons from a New Science (l ondon: Allen l ane, 2005).
    • 30 Alain de botton, Status Anxiety (l ondon: Penguin, 2004), 205.
    • 31 Daniel Kahneman, in Choices, Values and Frames, ed. Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).
    • 34 Kahneman, Choices, Values and Frames.
    • 35 See bianchi in this volume, 84-87
    • 36 John Stuart Mill, “o n l iberty”, in John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, On Liberty and Considerations on Representative Government, ed. geraint williams (everyman, 1993), 78.
    • 37 Quoted in Jon gertner, “The Futile Pursuit of Happiness”. New York Times, 7 September 2003, http://query. nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9e0DeFD61538F934A3575AC0A9659C8b63&sec=technology&spon= &partner=permalink&exprod=permalink.
    • 42 Robert l ane, The Market Experience (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991).
    • 43 See, for example, eirini Flouri, “Psychological outcomes in midadulthood associated with mother's childrearing attitudes in early childhood”, European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 13, 1 (2004), 35-41.
    • 140 ibid., 139.
    • 141 See for example Andrew J. o swald, “Happiness and economic Performance”, Economic Journal 107 (1997), 1815-31; ed Diener, “Subjective well-being: Three Decades of Progress”, Psychological Bulletin 125 (1999), 276-302; bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer, Happiness and Economics. How the Economy and Institutions Affect Well-being (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002).
    • 142 See Richard l ayard, Happiness: Lessons From a New Science (new York: Penguin Press, 2005).
    • 143 See Shane Frederick and george l oewenstein, “Hedonic Adaptation”, in Scientific Perspectives on Enjoyment, Suffering and Well-Being, ed. D. Kahneman et al. (new York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1999), 302-29; Robert Frank, Luxury Fever. Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Excess (new York: The Free Press, 1999).
    • 144 Scitovsky, “The Desire for excitement in Modern Society”, in Scitovsky, Human Desires and Economic Satisfaction, 131-2.
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