Politics and Wellbeing

Ian Bache and Karen Scott


This paper sets out why perspectives from the politics discipline are important to the study of wellbeing and highlights the potential contribution of the discipline. It briefly charts the rise of wellbeing in politics and policy before outlining the nature and scale of current initiatives at both international and national levels. It then reflects on the terrain of the politics discipline, before illustrating the relevance of the discipline to understanding, defining and measuring wellbeing in contemporary politics.