Politics – Resources

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Esther Duflo’s Nobel Prize lecture (2019): Field experiments and the practice of policy

Nicola Sturgeon (2019) Why governments should prioritise wellbeing. TED talk.

Mindfulness Event for the European Parliament

Felicia Huppert (2021) How the science of wellbeing can help build resilience: What wellbeing research can tell us about navigating crises. University of Sydney


Talking Politics (weekly podcast)

Mark Carney (2020) How we get what we value.  BBC: The Reith Lectures 2020.
Download transcripts of the lectures:

1: From Moral to Market Sentiments
2. From Credit Crisis to Resilience
3. From Covid Crisis to Renaissance
4. From Climate Crisis to Real Prosperity


What Works Centre for Wellbeing: Why put wellbeing at the heart of policy?

Compassion in Politics

Stanford University Center for Deliberative Democracy

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) (UK)

George Monbiot

BBC: How will we rethink politics in the wake of a pandemic?


How did we get to here?

Phillip Bobbitt (2002) The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History. Allen Lane. – Explores the relationships between political, legal and constitutional developments, and the move from absolute rulers via nation-states, fascism and communism to constitutional democracies.

Steven Pinker (2011) The Better Angels of our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and its Causes. Allen Lane.
and Steven Pinker (2017) Has the Decline of Violence Reversed since The Better Angels of Our Nature was Written? [Answer: No!] stevenpinker.com.

George Monbiot (2017) How Did We Get into This Mess?: Where we have gone wrong, and what to do about it. Verso.

Where do we want to be?

George Monbiot (2003) The Age of Consent: A manifesto for a new world order. Harper Perennial.

Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett:

The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone. (2009) Allen Lane / Penguin.

The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Well-being. (2019) Penguin.

Will Hutton (2015) How Good We Can Be: Ending the Mercenary Society and Building a Great Country. Little, Brown.

George Monbiot (2017) Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. Verso.

Joseph Stiglitz (2019) People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent. W.W. Norton

Mark Carney (2021) Value(s): Building a Better World for All. HarperCollins.

Matt Hawkins & Jennifer Nadel (Eds.) (2021) How Compassion can Transform our Politics, Economy, and SocietyRoutledge.


“But when the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people. If any of them should happen to propose a scheme of liberty, soberly limited, and defined with proper qualifications, he will be immediately outbid by his competitors, who will produce something more splendidly popular. Suspicions will be raised of his fidelity to his cause. Moderation will be stigmatized as the virtue of cowards; and compromise as the prudence of traitors; until, in hopes of preserving the credit which may enable him to temper, and moderate, on some occasions, the popular leader is obliged to become active in propagating doctrines, and establishing powers, that will afterwards defeat any sober purpose at which he ultimately might have aimed.”
Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France