Infrastructure’s role in going “beyond GDP”: What can be learned from international frontrunners?

Bartelet, Henry, and Gooyert, V. de (2021) Infrastructure’s role in going “beyond GDP”: What can be learned from international frontrunners? Report. Next Generation Infrastructures, Delft, Netherlands.

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In recent years a number of countries have become more politically active in transitioning away from a focus solely on economic welfare (as measured by GDP) to a broader definition of welfare. The Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership (WEGo), including Iceland, Finland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales, is the most prominent example. In the Netherlands there is also a debate about moving away from a focus on GDP, amongst others spurred by the publication of the book ‘Fantoomgroei’ by Sander Heijne and Hendrik Noten, in which they argue that the Netherlands has experienced decades of economic growth, without an accompanying growth of wellbeing. Infrastructure agencies organized themselves and decided to take a next step towards focusing more on wellbeing, through signing the ‘Verbond van brede welvaart’ (broad welfare coalition), in which they announce the ambition to shift attention from economic growth to wellbeing. However, a question remains what will change if the Netherlands shifts its focus from GDP to wellbeing. How will infrastructure decisions change as a consequence of that shift? What is the role of infrastructure in shifting towards wellbeing? The aim of this report is to study those countries that have the most experience with governing for wellbeing to find out what the Netherlands can learn from their experiences.

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Item Type: Report (Report)
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Funders: Next Generation Infrastructures
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2022 00:23
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