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- Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 2018 edition (8 January 2018)
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Happiness is the Wrong Metric: A Liberal Communitarian Response to Populism (Library of Public Policy and Public Administration Book 11) Kindle Edition
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This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
This timely book addresses the conflict between globalism and nationalism. It provides a liberal communitarian response to the rise of populism occurring in many democracies. The book highlights the role of communities next to that of the state and the market. It spells out the policy implications of liberal communitarianism for privacy, freedom of the press, and much else. In a persuasive argument that speaks to politics today from Europe to the United States to Australia, the author offers a compelling vision of hope. Above all, the book offers a framework for dealing with moral challenges people face as they seek happiness but also to live up to their responsibilities to others and the common good.
At a time when even our most basic values are up for question in policy debates riddled with populist manipulation, Amitai Etzioni’s bold book creates a new frame which introduces morals and values back into applied policy questions. These questions span the challenges of jobless growth to the unanswered questions posed by the role of artificial intelligence in a wide range of daily life tasks and decisions. While not all readers will agree with the communitarian solutions that he proposes, many will welcome an approach that is, at its core, inclusive and accepting of the increasingly global nature of all societies at the same time. It is a must read for all readers concerned about the future of Western liberal democracy.
Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution and College Park Professor/University of Maryland
In characteristically lively, engaging, and provocative style Etzioni tackles many of the great public policy dilemmas that afflict us today. Arguing that we are trapped into a spiral of slavish consumerism, he proposes a form of liberal communitarian that, he suggests, will allow human beings to flourish in changing circumstances.
Jonathan Wolff, Blavatnik Chair of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
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Etzioni has made in so many of his books a clear case of how through family and community relations we learn to love, to empathize and to share. These values and norms forms miles of invisible lines of shared happiness, love and respect, forming the fibers that bind a community together, expressed in words as family, society, barrio, neighbor, community pride and friendship.
This is the foundation of a good society. This is the teaching of Amitai Etzioni. All his writings and theories on the source of moral values to create a good society are based on this care and responsibility for the common good.
It is for this reason that I was also somewhat confused by Etzioni’s title of his new book: 'Happiness is the Wrong Metric: Liberal Communitarian Response to Populism”. For in all my translation of what constitutes a good society is the pursuit of happiness instead of the pursuit of material wealth. Everything I did in public office, from promoting social cohesion in the barrios, developing a green pathway for Aruba up to connecting economic prosperity to wellbeing, all had to do with the communitarian view of Etzioni and the critical but profound reflection of Robert F Kennedy on GDP as a measure of wellbeing: “Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials”.
The great value of Etzioni’s book is helping us understand the dilemma between the pursuit of happiness as a focal point in life and its moments of conflict with the common good. It is a must read for all who are interested in finding the solutions for the great tension arising between the pursuit of individual happiness and the pursuit of a good society. For the populist it might seem obvious that the answer is the individual’s dreams above all as if the final destiny of the quality of the society does not affect that final outcome. It is clear, and Etzioni makes it clear again, in this book that the pursuit of individual happiness cannot take place isolated from the wellbeing of the whole society, for our happiness is also bound to our relationship with others and their faith. I am sure that we find again in his reflections a compass for the navigation in the difficult seas that we all as citizens and public servants need to course the destiny of our people and societies.