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The latest data on happiness reported by The Economist confirm the positive influence of good governance. Good governance, in general, means more choice and more opportunity for self-determination in politics. Happiness then follows, as a recent PF project paper argues. This is because in politics choice is ‘worthy’ in the sense that people perceive it as “an unalienable part of their political endowment. It must then produce happiness no matter how taxing its consequences are.” Also, choice teaches people to become better choosers, in economic and in political matters. Facing an increasing number of options favors fine grained affirmations of identity and delivers the emotional benefit to exercise control over one’s life.

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