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The role of democratic quality as a predictor of subjective well-being

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Keywords: Democratic quality, Subjective well-being, Satisfaction, Mental Health

There are numerous recent studies showing subjective well-being (SWB) as a predictor of work based behaviours and performance. Subjective well-being refers to an individual’s cognitive and affective (emotions, beliefs and feelings) evaluation about their life in general and any period thereof. People’s evaluation of their life at any particular moment in time includes judgements of general satisfaction and feelings of fulfilment that come from their appraisal and assessment of a range of situations that they focus on subjectively.

Every individual uses different criteria in order to make a judgement about the general level of satisfaction and feelings of fulfilment, hence the ‘subjective’ part of the phrase.

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