Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2086: Governing the Good Life: Contemporary International Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Bache, I. and Reardon, L (2013) An Idea Whose Time has come? Explaining the Rise of Well-Being in British politics’. Political Studies 61: 898-914

Bok, D. (2010) The Politics of Happiness. Princeton: Princeton University

Calisto Friant, M and Langmore, L. (2015) The Buen Vivir: A Policy to Survive the Anthropocene? Global Policy Volume 6 . Issue 1.

Cullen, J. (2003) The American Dream. Oxford University Press.

Hirata, J. (2005) How Should happiness Guide Policy? Why Gross National Happiness is not opposed to Democracy.


Priesner, S. (1999) Gross National Happiness – Bhutan’s Vision of Development and its Challenges available at


Waring, M. (1988) If Women Counted. HarperCollins: San Francisco.

Dalziel, P., Matunga, H. and Saunders C., (2006) Cultural Well-being and Local Government: Lessons from New Zealand . Australasian Journal of Regional Studies Volume 12 Issue 3 pp267-280