Free to Flourish Winton Bates

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Free to Flourish  by  Winton Bates

Free to Flourish by Winton Bates
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This book suggests two reasons why people in democratic countries should be concerned about the gradual erosion of individual freedom.First, individuals need to be in control of their own lives if they are to flourish - to have happy and meaningfulMoreThis book suggests two reasons why people in democratic countries should be concerned about the gradual erosion of individual freedom.First, individuals need to be in control of their own lives if they are to flourish - to have happy and meaningful lives.Second, as people have become more dependent on governments to manage their lives for them, governments have tended to take on more responsibilities than they can cope with.

If this trend continues, the likely result is failure of democratic government and widespread disappointment and unhappiness.The author is optimistic that it may be possible to avoid such an outcome by improving political behaviour and policy processes. He urges citizens who are concerned about the future of democracy to become more engaged in political and policy-making processes in order to help encourage the development of better norms of political behaviour.The book tackles some big issues: the meaning of happiness- the motivations that people have to control their own lives- the concept of national happiness- the criteria we should use in considering whether some societies are better than others- the meaning of social progress- the cultural and institutional drivers of progress- and the greatest threats to progress.The intended audience of the book includes anyone who has an interest in happiness, politics, or public policy.

Extensive notes have been provided to assist researchers and students who wish to scrutinize the underlying reasoning and evidence. The author hopes the book will provide a catalyst for further discussion at all levels.



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