While current happiness research has made significant progress, happiness policy, by contrast, is based on two simplistic assumptions: first, that politicians and public administrators are sufficiently informed about what influences subjective life satisfaction; and second, that politicians and public administrators will solely pursue the well-being of the population. However, in a democracy, happiness policy takes the results of happiness research to be only one ingredient (albeit an important one) in the wider political process. Critically, a political discourse that engages citizens, rather than a technocratic approach, is the way forward when considering the advantages and disadvantages of particular happiness policies.
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Happiness Policy: Technocratic or Democratic?
Global Perspectives (2020) 1 (1): 12041.
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Bruno S. Frey; Happiness Policy: Technocratic or Democratic?. Global Perspectives 11 May 2020; 1 (1): 12041. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gp.2020.12041
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