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The Wellbeing of Nations: Meaning, Motive and Measurement

Paul Allin

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Published by Wiley, 2014
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Title: The Wellbeing of Nations: Meaning, Motive ...

Publisher: Wiley

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 1.

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What is national wellbeing and what is progress? Why measurethese definitions? Why are measures beyond economicperformance needed and how will they be used? How do we measurenational wellbeing & turn the definitions into observablequantities? Where are we now and where to next?

These questions are asked and answered in this much needed, timelybook.

The Wellbeing of Nations provides an accessible andcomprehensive overview of the measurement of national well-being,examining whether national wellbeing is more than the sum of thewellbeing of everyone in the country, and identifying and reviewingrequirements for new measures. It begins with definitions,describes how to operationalize those definitions, and takes acritical look at the uses to which such measures are to be put. Theauthors examine initiatives from around the world, using the UK‘measuring national wellbeing programme’ as a casestudy throughout the book, along with case studies drawn from othercountries, as well as discussion of the position in some countriesnot yet drawn into the national wellbeing scene.

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A great book that adds much neededwell-reasoned argument and weight to the global debate on how webetter measure what is getting better and what is not. Hand andAllin chart a series of paths away from the beguiling simplicity ofGDP, show where those routes began and to where they might lead.Slowly we are learning to better count what really matters in ourlives. This book explains the international collaboration behindthis new learning and moves it far forward.’
—Daniel Dorling, School of Geography and theEnvironment, University of Oxford

How and why to use new measures of national wellbeing

We have known for many years that standard measures of acountry’s economic performance, like GDP and GNP, fail totell the whole story about progress and wellbeing.

The Wellbeing of Nations explores national andcross-national initiatives to build wider measures.  It coverseconomic performance, quality of life, the state of theenvironment, progress, development and sustainability.  Theauthors take the view that national wellbeing —how a countryis doing —embraces all these aspects and so measures of realprogress need these dimensions.

This book:

  • Presents insights drawn from a wide range of national andinternational developments and provides an extensive annex ofresource materials.
  • Provides an in-depth study of the UK measuring nationalwellbeing programme, with which both authors continue to beinvolved.
  • Explores all the main approaches to wellbeing, such asdevelopments to the national economic accounts, Sen’scapabilities approach and the concept and measurement ofsustainable development.
  • Offers a historical perspective on progress and examinescurrent developments in this field.

The authors note that it is still early days in the practicalapplication of these wider measures by government and business, butthat use should be the main factor driving their development andproduction.  Aspirations are high and there is much to begained by the use of such wider measures of national wellbeing,progress and development around the world.

The Wellbeing of Nations is aimed at statisticians,economists, social researchers and policy makers in government,including national and international statistics offices. Academicsin development studies, economics, environmental studies, positivepsychology, health research, anthropology, political studies andsociology will also benefit from this book.

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