The Economics of Happiness (2011) Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work. The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions.
Anti-cuts: Alliance of defiance Across Britain, local groups are organising. False Economy lists an impressive 100-plus anti-cuts campaigns – everything from three people painting a banner to groups with hundreds of members. The anti-cuts movement has not only reinvigorated local campaigning, but also raised important questions – crucially, asking how campaigns can involve people who are angry and want to take action but are not used to political or trade union organising. Oxford Save Our Services (SOS) is one among the plethora of local anti-cuts campaigns.
Tim Jackson Selected (A full list of publications can be found here) Chitnis M, S Sorrell, A Druckman, S Firth, T Jackson 2014. Who rebounds most? Estimating direct and indirect rebound effects for different UK socioeconomic groups. SLRG Working Paper Series 01-2014. Guildford: University of Surrey.
Children and young people's well-being A successful society is one where economic activity delivers high levels of sustainable wellbeing for all its citizens. NEF has been researching wellbeing – how people experience their lives and flourish - for over a decade. Our work seeks to understand, measure and positively influence wellbeing, develop ways of integrating it into policy, and promoting it as an alternative measure of progress. Key Facts Since 1970, the UK's GDP has doubled, but people's satisfaction with life has hardly changed. 81% of Britons believe that the Government should prioritise creating the greatest happiness, not the greatest wealth.
Public choice theory Within the Journal of Economic Literature classification codes, public choice is a subarea of microeconomics, under JEL: D7, Analysis of Collective Decision-Making, and including JEL: D72, Economic Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior. Public choice theory is also closely related to social choice theory, a mathematical approach to aggregation of individual interests, welfares, or votes. Much early work had aspects of both, and both use the tools of economics and game theory. Since voter behavior influences the behavior of public officials, public choice theory often uses results from social choice theory. General treatments of public choice may also be classified under public economics. Background and development A precursor of modern public choice theory was Knut Wicksell (1896), which treated government as political exchange, a quid pro quo, in formulating a benefit principle linking taxes and expenditures.
Basic Income Gathers Steam Across Europe Barcelona. In the last few months basic income—an unconditional cash payment to every member of the population—has been getting more and more attention in the media and social networks. Three items are especially interesting. First, Yanis Varoufakis, the able Greek economist, Minister for Finance in the first Syriza government and well known for his trenchant opposition to Troika austerity measures bashing the poor and already vulnerable majority of the population, has become such a media star that every time he gives an opinion on political economy, some theoretical aspect of economics or economic policy, his words are widely disseminated. Hence, his remarks on basic income, which he described as “a necessity” at the Future of Work conference in Zurich on 5 May 2016, are of no small import. In a filmed talk lasting half an hour Varoufakis, incisive and original as always, reframed the debate.
A Corporate Coup d?Etat You thought elections counted for something? Look at what wasn’t in the manifesto. By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 8th February 2011 “I would love to see tax reductions,” David Cameron told an interviewer at the weekend, “but when you’re borrowing 11 per cent of your GDP, it’s not possible to make significant net tax cuts. It just isn’t.”(1) Oh no? Research Plan - FLOK Society (EN) The participatory version of the document, called "Transitioning to a Commons-Based Society", is available for comment at The comments have been reviewed and integrated in this document here. Please note the research methodology explanation has moved to another page at A spanish translation is available here at: Bibliography for the Social Knowledge Economy Michel Bauwens: The National Plan for Good Living of Ecuador recognizes and stresses that the global transformation towards knowledge-based societies and economies requires a new form for the creation and distribution of value in society. The National Plan's central concept is the achievement of 'Buen Vivir' ('Sumak Kawsay', in Kichwa language) or 'good living'; but good living is impossible without the availability of 'good knowledge', i.e.
An Integrative Approach to Quality of Life Measurement, Research, and Policy 1Enhancing Quality of Life (QOL) has long been a major explicit or implicit life-style and policy goal for individuals, communities, nations, and the world (Schuessler and Fisher, 1985; Sen 1985). But defining QOL and measuring progress towards improving it have been elusive. Currently, there is renewed interest in this issue both in the academic and popular press. A search of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) database from 1982-2005 reveals over 55,000 academic citations utilizing the term “quality of life,” spanning a large range of academic disciplines.
esd-toolkit - Communities A framework of tried and tested tools, guidance and practical examples to support innovation in public service delivery and deliver 'better for less'. Why? With tighter financial settlements, local providers are looking for innovative and more effective ways to deliver services, and respond to the new coalition government's themes of localism, decentralisation and the Big Society. Introduction What is degrowth actually about? Degrowth is a perspective and an emerging social movement, which in the last few years brought together a multitude of projects and ongoing debates around alternative economies. The main idea of degrowth is an economy and society which aims for the well-being of all and for ecological sustainability. One key conviction is that social and ecological global justice can only be achieved when the destructive economic activities of the global North are reduced. Degrowth criticises the current framework of society, which always calls for “higher, faster, further”, as well as connected phenomena like acceleration, excessive demands, marginalization and the destruction of the global ecosystem. A fundamental change in the growth-oriented methods of production and ways of life as well as an extensive cultural change are thus considered necessary.