Flourishing and its Role
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Flourishing is a version of the good life. It is not simply a matter of happiness, but of having a good and satisfying relationship with the world around you. It should be an explicit objective of policy in times of change, when traditional objectives are being called into question. Should growth, for example, really be as central to policy as it is now? The chapter then contrasts the ‘flourishing’ approach to the big five problems with those of market liberalism, social democracy and localism. The chapter concludes by summarising some of the evidence relevant for those adopting this approach to the problems.