But, did the government ever try to maximise gross domestic product? Can the government effectively measure well-being? Can the government control economic and social life in order to make the population happier? Will its attempts to do so undermine economic freedom in a way that potentially damages well-being? Should we, instead, promote policies that give the maximum freedom to individuals, families and communities to order their lives in ways that lead them to promote their own well-being? In short, is the well-being agenda a radical new policy that will lead to a happier society or will it lead to increased government control of our lives and undesirable and unforeseen consequences?
Join us to discuss these important questions.
- Prof Philip Booth, Editorial Director, IEA (chair)
- Jesse Norman, Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire
- Prof J R Shackleton, Professor of Economics, University of Buckingham
- Chris Snowdon, Author and Researcher
- Jamie Whyte, Author and Journalist
A drink reception following the discussion will finish at 8.45pm.