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Wellbeing Economics: The Capabilities Approach to Prosperity

Dalziel, Paul; Saunders, Caroline; Saunders, Joe

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Paul Dalziel


Economists have long sought to maximise economic growth, believing this to be their best contribution to improving human welfare. That approach is not sustainable in the face of ongoing issues such as global climate change, environmental damage, rising inequality and enduring poverty. Alternatives must be found. This open access book addresses that challenge. It sets out a wellbeing economics framework that directly addresses fundamental issues affecting wellbeing outcomes. Drawing inspiration from the capabilities approach of Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, the book demonstrates how persons can enhance prosperity through their own actions and through collaboration with others. The book examines national public policy, but its analysis also focuses on choices made by individuals, households, families, civil society, local government and the global community. It therefore offers important insights for anyone concerned with improving personal wellbeing and community prosperity.


Dalziel, P., Saunders, C., & Saunders, J. (2018). Wellbeing Economics: The Capabilities Approach to Prosperity. Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Dec 13, 2018
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Title Wellbeing in politics and policy
ISBN 9783319931937


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