Well-being in Europe

  • Annie AustinEmail author
Part of the Wellbeing in Politics and Policy book series (WPP)


Well-being happens, or doesn’t happen, in a social-political setting. This chapter identifies the main principles and priorities of political settings of well-being in Europe. After a discussion of the dominant political theories found in this region, the central principles of the European Union Constitutional Treaty and Convention on Human Rights are identified. Next, an examination of a selection of country constitutions, along with “Beyond GDP” national well-being initiatives, demonstrates the core values of political conceptions of the good across Northern, Southern, Western and Central-Eastern Europe. Finally, evidence from the World Values Survey reveals the mass priorities of a selection of countries across these different regions. The features of European political conceptions of the good can be described as broadly liberal, with a particular emphasis on the social conditions of well-being.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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