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Happiness, Economics and Politics

Happiness, Economics and Politics

Towards a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Edited by Amitava Krishna Dutt and Benjamin Radcliff

This timely and important book presents a unique study of happiness from both economic and political perspectives. It offers an overview of contemporary research on the emergent field of happiness studies and contains contributions by some of the leading figures in the field.

Preface

Edited by Amitava Krishna Dutt and Benjamin Radcliff

Subjects: economics and finance, economic psychology, history of economic thought

Extract

This volume grew out of a conference entitled ‘New Directions in the Study of Happiness: US and International Perspectives’, held at the University of Notre Dame on 22–24 October 2006. Earlier drafts of most of the chapters in this volume were presented at this conference. We are very grateful to the participants of the conference, especially those whose work is included in this volume, for their contribution, patience and encouragement. We are also deeply indebted to the Department of Economics and Policy Studies and the College of Arts and Letters, and to the Program in American Democracy, at the University of Notre Dame, for their generous financial and logistic support. We would especially like to thank Harriet Baldwin for her help with the organization of the conference. We also gratefully acknowledge the help we received from the staff at Edward Elgar, especially from Joanne Betteridge and Kate Pearce. The conference, especially because of its multidisciplinary nature, was very stimulating and enjoyable to us (and, as we could gather from their comments, the other participants), and we are very pleased to be able to prepare this volume for wider dissemination. This is doubly so since we like to believe, as our introduction makes clear, that the individual chapters add up to rather more than the sum of their parts, providing as they do a good summary of the state of the emerging field of the scientific study of happiness. We hope that this volume will also be stimulating and enjoyable...