Editorial: International Journal of Social Economics

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Special Issue: Themed issue: the concept of welfare: politics, ethics and economics

Welfare, well-being and happiness have been among the key concepts and key concerns of social, political and legal thought for many centuries. In recent years, the measurement and enhancement of human welfare has become a focal concern in public discourse, among professional bodies and government think tanks, policy makers and public intellectuals. Emergent issues in this discourse include:

-How welfare is related to wealth, interests, capabilities or happiness?
- How can theoretical debates about welfare impact on policy and practice?
- Should governments be concerned with philosophical conceptions of and empirical data about welfare?
-Are there ways of measuring or estimating welfare that are both theoretically sound and practically useful?
- Is welfare a source of moral and legal rights and duties?
- Is welfare still a fundamental concept and proper concern in economics?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422–423
JournalInternational Journal of Social Economics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2015


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