Berghahn Books (Oxford/New York, www.Berghahnbooks.com) has published ‘Social Quality Theory: A new Perspective on Social Development’, edited by prof. Ka Lin and prof. Peter Herrmann. This book assesses societal progress and introduces relevant policy proposals in a more nuanced approach, breaking through the limitations previously set by purely economistic paradigms. In December 2015 the Chinese…
The International Association on Social Quality (IASQ) contributes to building bridges towards cohesive and sustainable human societies. To achieve this, IASQ develops the social quality theory, methodology and policy application. Social quality is defined as the extent to which people are able to participate in social relationships under conditions which enhance their well-being, capacity and individual potential. Read more in this introduction.
This website informs about the work and background of the International Association on Social Quality and its predecessor, the European Foundation on Social Quality (EFSQ).
The site contains information on:
- news about current developments and events
- the organization
- theoretical background
Development of the Social Quality Approach
For in-depth information read Working Paper 13: The Start and Development of the Social Quality Approach. An executive summary is also available. The paper presents an overview of the development of social quality theory, methodology and policy application since the 1990s as a result of a collective endeavour by a large number of scientists in Europe, Asia and Australia, inspired to address current and upcoming societal issues.