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SouqBiblio: international annotated bibliography (number 5)

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1) Ott, J. C. (2010) "Good Governance and Happiness in Nations: Technical Quality Precedes Democracy and Quality Beats Size."Journal of Happiness Studies 11 (3): 353-68.

Average happiness varies extremely from nation to nation: this article analyses the role of the quality of governance. The comparison between 127 nations shows a clear correlation between the quality of governance and the average happiness of citizens. The technical quality of the governance seems to be the major factor of importance for the happiness of citizens both in western countries and in asiatic and latinamerican countries. The technical quality of the governance seems to have more weight than the quality of the democracy that becomes a decisive factor only when the technical quality of the governance has reached a minimum level of acceptance.

2) Giorgio Piccinato ( edited by): A study of urban happiness. Quodlibet, 2008
"In 1962 Robert Auzelle didn't have the minimum doubt when he said that "individual happiness is the essential and exclusive objective of city planning". In the case of Fermo, chief town of the province of the Marche, the team coordinated by Giorgio Piccinato plans to reply to a substantially uncommon question for urbanists: what are the motives that form the basis of a general satisfaction among the inhabitants of a city? On the contrary, urbanists, and also sociologists, are usually used to studying the problems that cause discontent among citizens. Only by examining the city as a summary of the territory and human organization, is it finally possible to conceive urban happiness. To give a definition of happiness is an arduous task but a first step can be taken by understanding that both "happy cities", where collective welfare accompanies a high quality of life, and also "unhappy cities", metropolis where people know little of each other, each trying to overtake the other (both by car and in income), where anxiety and competition nest and your neighbours don't realize that you are being transformed by violence and solitude, do exist. " Lina Sotis «Magazine Corriere della Sera» 09-04-2009

3) Karma Ura, Karma Galay: Gross National Happiness and Development. The Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimpu 2004.
The notion of "gross national happiness " is an indicator that tries to measure the social progress and the quality of life of a nation in a holistic way, thus adding to the traditional measure of the Gross National Product usually employed by the economists in evaluating the market value of all products and services produced in a year by a nation. This notion was introduced by the king of Bhutan and successively used to formulate Bhutan's five-year plan having as its objective not only the production of commodities, but also that of social happiness. The four axes of the "gross national happiness" are: the promotion of a sustainable development, the conservation of local cultural values, the conservation of the natural environment, good governance. The elements that contribute to the evaluation of the gross national happiness are multiple and are a mixture of quantitative indicators (infant mortality, for example) and qualitative indicators such as the feeling of satisfaction or well-being of citizens. In 2006 the International Institute of Management of the USA suggested a more complex evaluation of the gross national happiness as an index, function of the overall average pro capite of the following measures: 1) Economic Wellness 2) Environmental Wellness 3) Physical Wellness 4) Mental Wellness 5) Workplace Wellness 6) Social Wellness 7) Political Wellness. At present a development plan for Bhutan 2013-2018 exists, based on the notion of gross national happiness.

4) "The Urban Happiness Movement" by Jörg Pibal, Paul Romauch and Theresia Kaufmann. Jörg Pibal and Paul Romauch, Format: HD Video, 16:9. 2011.
A film that tells of the radical changes that some progressive mayors have managed to undertake in violent and difficult cities such as Bogotà and Medellin in Colombia. Launching an anomalous slogan that of "urban happiness", these administrations (the leggendary mayor Peñalosa of Bogotà from 1997 to 2000) have tried, at times with success, to interrupt the spiral of the self-fulfilling prophecy by which a violent community can only reproduce violence.

*If the texts of the articles, reports, and documents indicated by SouqBiblio are not found by consulting the magazines mentioned, they can usually be traced through a research on Google.




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