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Wellbeing and happiness

Ian Bache

These two concepts are different: conflating them can undermine the potential for progressive change William Davies’s recent (2015) book, The happiness industry: how the government and big business sold us well-being, provides a warning of the risks associated with the acceleration of interest in the promotion of happiness. It views the happiness agenda as an attempt to solve the problems … Continue reading

10 September 2015 by
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The OECD: more than just a think tank

Richard Woodward

Misleading portrayals of the OECD understate the importance of this leading international organisation Compared with the attention lavished on annual meetings of the IMF, World Bank and WTO, those of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) normally pass with minimal comment.  Commencing on 5th May, ‘OECD week 2014’ bucked this trend by placing this inconspicuous global institution under … Continue reading

27 May 2014 by
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