• Proposal for a ‘new’ paradigm: the study of the impact of political policies and processes upon wellbeing
•Incorporates existing work at the intersection of positive psychology and political psychology
•Sets out an agenda for future research, with consequent policy recommendations and guidance
•Initial orienting analysis: examining the differences between LW and RW political perspectives
•Left vs. right polarity not a unidimensional spectrum, but plays out on multiple spectra
•Symbolic spectra: underlying philosophical perspectives that help to create the LW-RW polarity
•Operational spectra: the way these philosophical perspectives are manifested in policy.
Locus of concern
•Individuals and political parties tend to skew to either LW or RW, but not uniformly so (i.e., on all 12 spectra)
•This non-uniform alignment can create complications and seeming paradoxes
•With each spectra there is likely to be an optimal point, somewhere along the axis, for wellbeing
•These optimal points may vary according to contextual factors
•Nevertheless, research can aim to identify where these optimal points are
•Parties can then be encouraged to pursue evidence-based policies that benefit wellbeing
Lomas, T. (2018). Positive politics: Exploring the wellbeing implications of left-wing versus right-wing political agendas. In N. J. L. Brown, T. Lomas & F. Eiroa-Orosa
(Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology- (pp. 351-367). Routledge: New York.