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Oxford University Press
30 October 2008
Social & political philosophy; Economic theory & philosophy; Behavioural economics; Development economics; Welfare economics
Few would dispute that the well-being of individuals is one of the most desirable aims of human actions. However, approaches on how to define, measure, evaluate, and promote well-being differ widely. The conventional economic approach takes income as the most important indicator for well-being. However, this approach to well-being has been questioned for being seriously limited and other approaches have arisen.

The Capability Approach and the Happiness Approach to well-being both provide an alternative. Both approaches come from different traditions and have developed independently, but nevertheless aim to overcome the rigid boundaries of the conventional economic approach to well-being. This book provides the reader with contributions from leading names associated with both approaches, as well as contributions which evaluate the approaches and contrast one with the other.
Edited by:   Luigino Bruni (Department of Economics University of Milan-Bicocca), Flavio Comim (Capability and Sustainability Centre, University of Cambridge), Maurizio Pugno (Facolta di Economia, Universita degli Studi di Trento)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   693g
ISBN:   9780199532148
ISBN 10:   0199532141
Pages:   362
Publication Date:   30 October 2008
Audience:   Adult education ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Luigino Bruni, Flavio Comim, and Maurizio Pugno: Introduction 1: Amartya Sen: The Economics of Happiness and Capability 2: Richard Easterlin: Life Cycle Happiness and Its Sources: Why Psychology and Economics Need Each Other 3: Ed Diener and Pelin Kesebir: In Defence of Happiness: Why Policymakers Should Care About Subjective Well-Being 4: Carol Graham: Some Insights on Development from the Economics of Happiness 5: Luigino Bruni: Back to Aristotle? Happiness, Eudaimonia and Relational Goods 6: Flavio Comim: Capabilities and Happiness: Potential Synergies 7: Johannes Hirata: The Division of Labour Between The Capability And The Happiness Perspective 8: Edward L. Deci, Richard M. Ryan, & Maarten Vansteenkiste: Self-Determination Theory and the Explanatory Role of Psychological Needs In Human Well-Being 9: Carol D. Ryff & Burton H. Singer: Know Thyself and Become What You Are: A Eudaimonic Approach To Psychological Well-Being 10: Maurizio Pugno: Capabilities, the Self, and Well-Being 11: Sabina Alkire: Subjective Quantitative Indicators of Human Agency 12: Erik Angner: The Philosophical Foundations of Subjective Measures Of Well-Being 13: Robert Sugden: Capability, Happiness And Opportunity

Luigino Bruni is Associate Professor of Political Economy at Milano-Bicocca. Flavio Comim is a Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge. Maurizio Pugno is Professor of Economics at the University of Cassino.

Reviews for Capabilities and Happiness

This book is an outstanding collection of essays...that brings together notable and promising scholars... Makes an interesting read. Daniel Neff, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.


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