'How happy are you ...?’ Subjective well-being in East Germany twenty years after unification

Hogwood, P. 2011. 'How happy are you ...?’ Subjective well-being in East Germany twenty years after unification. Politics. 31 (3), pp. 148-158.

Title'How happy are you ...?’ Subjective well-being in East Germany twenty years after unification
AuthorsHogwood, P.
Abstract

Since the unification of Germany in 1990, East Germans have largely approximated the characteristics of the ‘happiness profile’– but not the overall levels of happiness – of West Germans. Current patterns of subjective well-being among East Germans raise concerns about the contingency of identification with the democratic system of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG); the further entrenchment of financial jealousies between East and West Germany; and the development of a ‘happiness gap’ between the richest and poorest in East German society. A ‘materialist pessimist’ outlook in both West and East Germany may best be explained by cultural factors.

JournalPolitics
Journal citation31 (3), pp. 148-158
ISSN0263-3957
Year2011
PublisherWiley
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/j.1467-9256.2011.01414.x
Publication dates
Published2011

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