Broadening the Public and Policy Discourse
Edited by Timo J. Hämäläinen and Juliet Michaelson
Chapter 11: Well-being, capitalism and public policy: from generalization to granularity
In this chapter I look at some of the ways we should consider two questions: first, how governments can influence well-being; and, second, how capitalism influences well-being. I argue that in both cases the aggregate pictures tell us less than we might hope. However, the more detailed pictures both of public programmes and of the influences of different aspects of capitalism can be very instructive. The implication is that we need to choose our levels of granularity with care.
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