Well-being is an important topic for many different professions. From health professionals to politicians, a number of fields seek to research, understand and promote wellbeing. As a concept at the heart of psychotherapeutic practice, it is essential that trainee and practising therapists understand the distinctive contribution to our understanding of well-being that each of these professions have made. In this unique text, author Digby Tantam explores the philosophical, political, economical, psychological, medical and spiritual perspectives on well-being through a psychotherapeutic lens, explaining current research data and summarising findings. Theoretical approaches are balanced with an insight into their practical applications, showing therapists how each approach can inform their practice and make a real difference to the life satisfaction and health of their clients.
Chapter 5: The Politician’s Viewpoint
The Politician’s Viewpoint
Relief of poverty is a duty in many religions. It was institutionalized in the UK in 1601 by the Poor Law, which required parishes to succour the poor of the parish. In the late 18th century, Parisian officials considered that poor people flooding into Paris were bringing in disease and created hostels to quarantine them. In the 19th century, a lack of able-bodied soldiers became a concern to officials recruiting an expeditionary force to fight the Boer war. By the end of the 20th century, a widespread welfare policy that had resulted from the government’s recognition that it was in the state’s interest to look after the poor, and not just a religious duty, had created a new problem, ...