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Introduction : happiness as the only ultimate objective of public policy
Happiness and public policy: Theory, case studies and implications
  • Yew-Kwang NG
  • Lok Sang HO, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Book chapter
Publication Date
1-1-2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Abstract

The title of this volume is Happiness and Public Policy: Theory, Case Studies, and Implications. It is motivated by the understanding that public policy should be about enhancing happiness or the welfare of the people, now and in the future. Indeed, if public policy reduces or is neutral with regard to happiness, why do we go through the trouble of designing and implementing all kinds of policies? We have decided to address happiness explicitly in this volume. People sometimes forget about this ultimate objective of public policy, and are misled by distracting guideposts that lead to wrong directions or lead to nowhere.

Additional Information
ISBN of the source publication: 0230004970
Citation Information
Ng, Y.-K., & Ho, L. S. (2006). Introduction: Happiness as the only ultimate objective of public policy. In Y.-K. Ng & L. S. Ho (Eds.), Happiness and public policy: Theory, case studies and implications (pp. 1-16). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.