Michael Hiltzik | Nov. 3, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Never mind the conventional speculation about whether the resolution of some political standoff in Washington favors Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, "entitlement" fans or skeptics.
The more fundamental question, says Benjamin Radcliff, is this: Does it make people happier or not?
Radcliff is a political scientist at Notre Dame whose work places him in the forefront of what might be labeled happiness studies. His particular corner of the field looks at social policies and political outcomes. It's an ambitious study, as is shown by the title of his book, published this year: "The Political Economy of Human Happiness: How Voters' Choices Determine the Quality of Life."