With measures of subjective well-being on the rise, what role does happiness have to play in politics? Should it inform our judgements about who receives welfare payments? Might the government try to direct society towards a particular notion of ‘happiness’? Sam Dalton explores these questions and more, and argues that a public, deliberative politics of happiness might indeed be a good thing.
Sam Dalton has an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology (PPS) from the University of Cambridge. His Master’s research focused on the question of whether happiness should be considered an appropriate political goal, and, if so, what kinds of public policy this might lead to.