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Happiness, public policy and the notion of development

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 December 2019

MARIANO ROJAS
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Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, La Rioja, Spain Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
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Abstract

The Happiness Movement is moving from research to action; this contribution discusses some public policy issues that emerge in this process. The paper also states that the Happiness Movement proposes a new notion of development and a new narrative of social progress. The contribution argues that wellbeing is a goal of governments, but also, fundamentally, a goal of societies.

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