MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory – Ninth Annual Conference
Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), University of Manchester
5th – 7th September 2012
Workshop on Well-being and Public Policy: Call for Abstracts
David Cameron, in a recent speech on introducing national measures of well-being to inform public policy, claimed that the UK government is aiming to measure the progress of the nation, "not just by how our economy is growing, but by how our lives are improving; not just by our standard of living, but by our quality of life." In short, the UK government is looking to measure the nation's well-being in order to "help make a better life for people." Other governments and international organizations are also increasingly focusing upon well-being as a policy goal.
This workshop will focus on whether, and how, public policy can and should be informed, in some way, by considerations of the public's well-being. There will be up to 12 speakers in total, who will be invited to give a 30 minute presentation, followed by a discussion. Potential areas of interest include (but are not limited to):
- The role of well-being in public policy
- The limits of political utilitarianism
- Paternalism and well-being
- The implications of different theories of well-being for public policy
- The interaction between different measures of well-being and public policy
If you are interested to present during this workshop, please send to one or both of us an abstract of no more than 500 words with your full name and institutional affiliation before May 15th.
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