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Exploring an Alternative Approach to the Global Development: Theoretical Foundation and Policy Implications of Happiness Approach in the Context of Global Development

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2014, 24(4), pp.411-434
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

WOO CHANGBIN 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study aims to explore the happiness approach as an alternative path to global development. The theoretical foundations of the happiness approach in the context of global development are analyzed, through comparison with other theoretical approaches to global development, including those of Rawls and Sen. Practical policy implications relating to the application of the happiness approach are also discussed. While the approaches of Rawls and Sen can be said to belong to the deontological dimension of ethics, the happiness approach qualifies as a teleological theory of ethics, referring to the good life. As good development requires the ethical qualities of both the ‘right’ and the ‘good’, (i.e., deontological and teleological contents), the acceptance of the newly emerging happiness approach in global development debates might contribute to achieving ‘better’ development in the sense that the teleological aspects of the happiness approach may complement the capabilities approach and provide more opportunities for the good life.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.