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The promotion of local wellbeing: A primer for policymakers

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  • Matthew D Rablen


There is growing interest among policymakers in the promotion of wellbeing as an objective of public policy. In particular, local authorities have been given powers to undertake action to promote wellbeing in their area. Recent advances in the academic literature on wellbeing are giving rise to an increasingly detailed picture of the factors that determine people’s subjective wellbeing (how they think and feel about their lives). However, the concept of subjective wellbeing is poorly understood within local government and much of the evidence base is extremely recent. I therefore review the literature on the definition, measurement, and determinants of wellbeing, and discuss some of its implications for local public policy.

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Article provided by London South Bank University in its journal Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit.

Volume (Year): 27 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 297-314

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Handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:27:y:2012:i:3:p:297-314
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