Hans Henrik Knoop explores ways in which the core ideas of the GoodWork theoretical framework can be related to ongoing issues of import. In particular, he analyzes the ways in which democratic values are at risk when conditions of alignment do not obtain-for example, when the state explicitly promulgates one set of values but in fact operates according to a quite different value matrix. He also draws intriguing connections between the problematic of the GoodWork framework, on the one hand, and the key ideas of positive psychology, on the other. Since Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of the architects of positive psychology, and others of us have been associated with the movement, this delineation helps to fit the theoretical and empirical work of the Project into a broader scholarly framework. Moreover, a stance from positive psychology may help to bring into better alignment the stakeholders that are crucial to a democratic polity.
Goodwork: Theory and Practice: Excellence, Ethics, Engagement, 2010, p. 63-84