Does political participation make people happy?

Bühlmann, Marc (2016). Does political participation make people happy? In: Ehrler, Franziska; Bühlmann, Felix; Farago, Peter; Höpflinger, François; Joye, Dominique; Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina; Suter, Christian (eds.) Swiss Social Report 2016: Wellbeing. Swiss Social Report: Vol. 2016 (pp. 210-228). Zürich: Seismo

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Does political participation make people happy? As convincing as the arguments may appear to be, it is equally remarkable that until now the relationship between participation and happiness has scarcely been the subject of empirical investigation. On the one hand, this has to do with the fact that the concepts “political participation” and “happiness” encompass very complex constructs. On the other hand, the idea that there is a positive correlation between participation and happiness is certainly not without controversy: Why should an activity lead to happiness, when it does not necessarily achieve its intended objective? Is the time-consuming process of participating in a ballot vote not rather a frustrating one if the outcome of the vote or election does not correspond to one’s own preferences?

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Bühlmann, Marc

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISBN:

978-3-03777-171-6

Series:

Swiss Social Report

Publisher:

Seismo

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marc Bühlmann

Date Deposited:

26 Jul 2017 08:56

Last Modified:

21 Sep 2017 07:27

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.98683

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98683

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