Chapter 7 draws together the threads of the previous six chapters and reflects on the value of our theoretical frameworks in light of the findings presented in the previous chapters. It argues for a synthesis of approaches that might be used in future research seeking to analyse the relationship between agenda-setting and paradigm change. It also discusses further the prospects for wellbeing in public policy and, specifically, the possibility of a ‘third wave’ of interest in which wellbeing is recognised as an important benchmark of progress, is internalised by key actors, is institutionalised in policy practices and leads to policy changes that have a significant effect on the lives of citizens.
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