Societal wellbeing: catalyst for systems and social change in Northern Ireland?

Peter Doran, Susan Hodgett

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The Programme for Government is the highest level strategic document of the Northern Ireland Executive. The draft Programme for the short-lived 2016–2021 Executive mandate placed ‘Improving wellbeing for all …’ at the heart of an outcomes-based approach with a view to promoting more collaborative policy delivery. The innovative approach to the design of the Programme for Government was influenced by a high-level Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing. This chapter sets out the special post-conflict context of the wellbeing policy debate in Northern Ireland, reviews the role of the Roundtable, and critically assesses the prospects for the approach taken. The chapter raises questions about the prospects for wellbeing as a central policy narrative and organising principle in the wake of a decision by the Executive to embrace an Outcomes-Based Accountability (OBA) approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe politics of wellbeing: theory, policy and practice
EditorsIan Bache, Karen Scott
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, Cham
ISBN (Electronic)9783319583945
ISBN (Print)9783319583938, 9783030096304
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameWellbeing in Politics and Policy
ISSN (Print)2629-2394
ISSN (Electronic)2629-2408


  • wellbeing policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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