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Wellbeing: An idea whose time has come?

July 8, 2016

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Ian Bache and Louise Reardon examine the recent focus on wellbeing and where it is heading.


The terms ‘wellbeing’ and ‘quality of life’ are frequently utilised as part of political rhetoric. In the recent UK EU referendum campaign for example, UKIP leader Nigel Farage invoked quality of life as a reason to vote leave – and as a way to undermine the economic concerns of those wanting to remain in the EU. For over a decade, David Cameron has spoken of the need to promote GWB (General Wellbeing Being) and not just GDP. At one point he went as far as to say that ‘Improving our society’s sense of well-being is… the central political challenge of our time’. In Cameron’s case, however, engagement with wellbeing has been more than just rhetorical. […]

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Corporate Over-Reach – and what can be done about it. By Bryn Jones

June 9, 2015

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The overwhelming influence of giant corporations on political and social life was barely raised in the UK’s recent and wide-ranging general election campaign. There were tepid proposals to curb excessive price rises or generous corporate tax cuts, but these received torrents of protest from the Establishment. Yet, as Dr Bryn Jones explains, many economic and social issues, over which there is so much political hand-wringing, ultimately stem from the dominant role in our society that large corporations have assumed or been ceded.

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