The UK government’s use of psychology has suddenly become controversial. They have promised to put psychologists into job centres “to provide integrated employment and mental health support to claimants with common mental health conditions” but with the potential threat of having assistance removed if people do not attend treatment.
Will Davies is a political scientist and the author of the new bookThe Happiness Industry that looks at the history and practice of positive psychology as government and ‘well-being’ as a way of managing people.
We caught up with him to get some background on the recent controversy.
Is this use of psychology in social policy a quick fix or part of a broader trend?
There is a long history…
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