Chapter 5 turns to the second main question of the book – what are the policy implications of the rising political interest in the idea of wellbeing for policy? In addressing this question the chapter focuses on developments at the UK level, where there is high-level political commitment to using wellbeing in policy and where policy developments are seen as among the most advanced in the world. We employ Hall’s framework of social learning to analyse UK policy developments, highlighting different policy variables and the prospect for different orders of change, specifically reflecting on the potential for fundamental realignment of most aspects of policy development or ‘paradigm change’.
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