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Well-Being for Public Policy (Series in Positive Psychology) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195334074
ISBN-10: 0195334078
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About the Author

Ed Diener, Alumni Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, is past president of the International Society of Quality of Life Studies and of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. He is editor of the "Journal of Happiness Studies."

John F. Helliwell is professor of economics at the University of British Columbia. He has participated in several Brookings studies of international interdependence.
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Product Details

  • Series: Series in Positive Psychology
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195334078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195334074
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review of Diener's et al's Well-being for public policy by Paul F. Ross

Diener, Lucas, Schimmack, and Helliwell make a stout and effective plea for indices of subjective well-being that inform leaders and thinkers about societal and psychological outcomes well beyond the social indicators in common use such as per capita GDP, suicide rate, divorce rate, years of schooling, unemployment rate, infant mortality, crime rate, and the like. The authors wish to be heard in government and business, places where the likely effective advocates for gathering and using indicators of well-being may be found. The book is an exciting read and one this reader hopes changes guidelines for public policymaking. But the book also is strangely deficient in communication of the action-compelling kind with its audiences about what is already known, careful reporting about its methodologies, and awareness
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Diener, Ed, Lucas, Richard E., Schimmack, Ulrich, and Helliwell, John F. Well-being for public policy 2009, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, viii + 245 pages
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Each public official should read and adopt the compelling principles provided by the authors.
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