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Political Science Comparative Politics

Towards Sustainable Well-Being

Moving beyond GDP in Canada and the World

edited by Anders Hayden, Céofride Gaudet & Jeffrey Wilson

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Category
Comparative Politics, General, Comparative
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487525415
    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price
    $42.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487507848
    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price
    $95.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487537074
    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price
    $42.95

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Towards Sustainable Well-Being examines existing efforts and emerging possibilities to improve upon gross domestic product as the dominant indicator of economic and social performance. Contributions from leading international and Canadian researchers in the field of beyond-GDP measurement offer a rich range of perspectives on alternative ways to measure well-being and sustainability, along with lessons from around the world on how to bring those metrics into the policy process.

 

Key topics include the policy and political impacts of major beyond-GDP measurement initiatives; the most promising possibilities and policy applications for beyond-GDP measurement; key barriers to introducing beyond-GDP metrics; and complementary measures to ensure new measurements are not merely calculated but taken into account in policymaking.

 

The book highlights a distinction between a reformist beyond-GDP vision, which seeks to improve policymaking and quality of life within existing political and economic institutions, and a transformative vision aiming for more fundamental change including a move beyond economic growth. Illustrating the many advances that have occurred in Canada and internationally, Towards Sustainable Well-Being proposes next steps for both the reformist and transformative visions, as well as possible common ground between them in the pursuit of sustainable well-being.

About the authors

Anders Hayden is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University.

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Céofride Gaudet, a retired federal government economist and policy analyst, was the Public Servant in Residence at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies from 2017-2019.

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Jeffrey Wilson is an assistant professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development at the University of Waterloo.

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