The Hidden Wealth of Nations
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The Hidden Wealth of Nations

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Richer nations are happier, yet economic growth doesn't increase happiness. This paradox is explained by 'the hidden wealth of nations' - the extent to which citizens get along with others independently drives both economic growth and well-being.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745648010
  • 9780745648019
  • 2,190,084

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"Scintillating and immensely well-informed and covers almost all aspects of public policy. Halpern is particularly interested in wellbeing and - as his remarks about heroin indicate - he seems to be using the book to flesh out all the policy ideas that he could not get past the prime minister." Andrew Sparrow, Guardian political blog "The author introduces libertarian paternalism, defaults setting, the power of declarative norms, and the choice architecture promoted by Thaler and Sunstein. That sounds heavy, but Halpern has a way to make it read like the latest Ben Elton." Neighbourhoods "Halpern has kept a wide audience in mind with this stimulating and detailed book. Kicking off with that question that everyone has an answer to - does money make you (or your nation) happy? - and romping through a range of dinner party topics from immigration to whether democracy is going down the pan, he draws out a range of evidence that is useful and often surprising." New Start "Halpern's discussion of the policy complexity of promoting social mobility or the issues relating to overcoming social exclusion is impressively nuanced and thought provoking." Socialist Unity "An excellent book - a thoughtful and informed analysis of a wide range of policy issues by someone who's 'been there'." Richard Easterlin, University of Southern California "An important book by someone who has been at the centre of public policy to improve our community. This book will do much to rebalance our priorities towards aspects of life which really matter." Richard Layard, London School of Economics and Political Scienceshow more

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Richer nations are happier, yet economic growth doesn't increase happiness. This paradox is explained by the Hidden Wealth of Nations - the extent to which citizens get along with other independently drives both economic growth and well-being. Much of this hidden wealth is expressed in everyday ways, such as our common values, the way we look after our children and elderly, or whether we trust and help strangers. It is a hidden dimension of inequality, and helps to explain why governments have found it so hard to reduce gaps in society. There are also deep cracks in this hidden wealth, in the form of our rising fears of crime, immigration and terror. Using a rich variety of international comparisons and new analysis, the book explores what is happening in contemporary societies from value change to the changing role of governments, and offers suggestions about what policymakers and citizens can do about it.show more

Table of contents

Preface and Introduction. Chapter One: Prosperity and wellbeing. Chapter Two: Not getting along. Chapter Three: The politics of virtue. Chapter Four: Fairness and Inclusion. Chapter Five: Power and Governance. Chapter Six: Conclusion. Appendix. Index.show more

About David Halpern

David Halpern, Institute for Governmentshow more

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