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Politics and Quality of Life

The Role of Well-Being in Political Outcomes

  • Ryan M. Yonk
  • Josh T. Smith
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ryan M. Yonk, Josh T. Smith
    Pages 7-16
  3. Ryan M. Yonk, Josh T. Smith
    Pages 17-34
  4. Ryan M. Yonk, Josh T. Smith
    Pages 35-50
  5. Ryan M. Yonk, Josh T. Smith
    Pages 51-63
  6. Ryan M. Yonk, Josh T. Smith
    Pages 65-75
  7. Ryan M. Yonk, Josh T. Smith
    Pages 77-86
  8. Ryan M. Yonk, Josh T. Smith
    Pages 87-97
  9. Ryan M. Yonk, Josh T. Smith
    Pages 99-104
  10. Ryan M. Yonk, Josh T. Smith
    Pages 105-109
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 111-133

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the relationship between quality of life, policy, and political behavior. Using carefully collected, granular data, the authors create a measurement of quality of life for each county in the United States. After applying the index to each county and calculating scores, the results are applied to key political and social questions, such as, variation in voter turnout, electoral choices, and the allocation of federal aid. By tying quality of life directly to social and political outcomes, the index thus makes possible the development of policies that actually improve the quality of life of those they effect.

This book is divided into three sections. Section One delves into the theory of quality of life research and the indicators used in the development of the index. Section Two explores the relationship between quality of life and various political phenomena such as trust in government, political participation, electoral politics, direct democracy, government spending, and local government. Section Three discusses suggestions for incorporating life quality in the political and policy process and identifying strategies for the direct application of these principals by policymakers. This book will be useful for students and scholars interested in political behavior, political sociology, policy, and quality of life studies, as well as policymakers interested in incorporating quality of life studies in their work.  

Keywords

public policy quality of life data collection politics socio-political

Authors and affiliations

  • Ryan M. Yonk
    • 1
  • Josh T. Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA
  2. 2.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA

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