Globalization and Well-Being
104 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Release Date:01 May 2003
Release Date:30 Oct 2002
Release Date:01 Oct 2007

Globalization and Well-Being

UBC Press

Researchers and policy-makers are taking a new look at public policies to find broader grounds for assessing their economic and social impacts on individuals, families, communities, and nations. This book introduces this new research on social capital and well-being and applies it to key issues facing individuals and governments in the age of globalization.

John Helliwell first looks at the latest evidence about the extent to which globalization has altered the scope and salience of nation-states. He then deals with the implications for both domestic and international policies. Throughout the book, the author emphasizes well-being as an explicit focus for research and for public policies. He argues that, whatever one thinks of globalization, there is ample scope for countries like Canada to not only retain their distinctive qualities but also to have independent national and international policies.

Globalization and Well-Being is essential reading for all those trying to think their way through the welter of conflicting assertions about what is left for national policies in today’s world. It will be of special interest to those thinking about whether Canada should focus on its North American linkages or on building bridges to the broader international community.


  • 2002, Winner - Donner Prize, Donner Foundation
This book is stimulating, and the opening review of the literature on the importance of national borders for international trade is superb. Ronald I. McKinnon, Literary Review of Canada
Globalization and Well-Being is provocative, well written and thoughtful, as well as masterful in presentation – Helliwell does not waste a word or relevant thought. Grant Reuber, Donner Prize Jury Chairman
Helliwell exemplifies the best in academic scholarship. Martin Loney, Books in Canada, Summer 2003
John Helliwell is one of the best writers in the economics profession. His arguments are logical and coherent and eminently accessible to other academics and social scientists as well as to those generally interested in the effects of globalization on well-being and national identity ... He has done an admirable job of presenting both the positive and normative case for the importance of a nation-state Richard Harris, Telus Professor of Economics, Simon Fraser University
John F. Helliwell is a professor of economics at the University of British Columbia.



1 Globalization and the Nation-State

2 Checking National Well-Being

3 Combining National and Global Well-Being




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