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The Nature of Children's Well-Being

Theory and Practice

  • Alexander Bagattini
  • Colin Macleod

Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Children’s Well-Being and Autonomy

  3. Children’s Well-Being and Authority

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Dieter Birnbacher
      Pages 107-122
    3. Matthew Clayton
      Pages 123-140
    4. Holger Baumann, Barbara Bleisch
      Pages 141-156
    5. James G. Dwyer
      Pages 157-175
  4. Children’s Well-Being and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Alexander Bagattini
      Pages 191-208
    3. Samantha Brennan, Jennifer Epp
      Pages 227-246

About this book


This book presents new findings that deal with different facets of the well-being of children and their relevance to the proper treatment of children. The well-being of children is considered against the background of a wide variety of legal, political, medical, educational and familial perspectives. The book addresses diverse issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives using a variety of methods. It has three major sections with the essays in each section loosely organized about a common general theme. The first section focuses on issues concerning the relation between children’s well-being and autonomy or agency. The second section deals with child well-being insofar as the limits of parental authority are concerned. The third section has a more applied orientation and addresses a variety of public policy controversies involving the interpretation of children’s well-being.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander Bagattini
    • 1
  • Colin Macleod
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy and Faculty of LawUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

About the editors

Alexander Bagattini is assistant professor in Philosophy at the University of Düsseldorf. His areas of research and teaching are in the ethical implications of the concept of child well-being, children’s rights, philosophy of education and environmental ethics. He is also principal investigator in the interdisciplinary research project “Child Well-Being as a Collective Interpretive Pattern” which is funded by the BMBF (German Federal Ministry for Education and Research / Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).

Colin M. Macleod is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Victoria, Canada. His research focuses on issues in contemporary moral, political and legal theory, with a special focus on distributive justice and equality; children, families and justice and democratic ethics. He is the author of Liberalism, Justice and Markets (Oxford University Press, 1998) and the editor of Justice and Equality (University of Calgary Press, 2012) and (with David Archard) of The Moral and Political Status of Children (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Nature of Children's Well-Being
  • Book Subtitle Theory and Practice
  • Editors Alexander Bagattini
    Colin Macleod
  • Series Title Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Children's Well-Being
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-9251-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0050-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-9252-3
  • Series ISSN 1879-5196
  • Series E-ISSN 1879-520X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 262
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quality of Life Research
    Maternal and Child Health
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