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Social Quality: Theoretical considerations, Methods and International Comparison

by Ka Lin
People’s Publishing House, 1st edition 2016
ISBN 9787010161471

Available in Chinese from amazon.cn.

cover book ka linThe book consists of four parts. The first part describes the societal basis of social theory and explains the essentials of the theory. Part II expands on the theoretical basis. Part III focuses on comparing national data on key issues and proposes appropriate policies. Part IV explores the social policy model for analytical and methodological research.

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Short summary in Chinese:
《社会质量:理论方法与国际比较》由四个部分构成。第1编阐述了社会质量理论所具有的社会基础、学术渊源、方法论特点,并通过与其他社会理论的比较来说明该理论的特征。第二编基于社会质量理论描述各国社会状况。第三编在比较各国资料的基础上,揭示各类社会体系在发展进程中所面临的关键问题及其症结所在,并提出相应的政策倡导。第四编则为发展社会质量理论进行了政策模式分析和方法探索。

 

Author

Ka Lin is Docent at the University of Tampere, Senior Researcher and Docent at the University of Turku, Professor and Director of the Social Policy Research Center at Nanjing University, Professor and Executive Director of the MSW Center of Zhejiang University, and Deputy Director of the Center for European Studies at Zhejiang University. He is also Vice President of the International Association on Social Quality and Editor of the International Journal of Social Quality.

 

Social Quality Theory – A New Perspective on Social Development

Edited by Ka Lin and Peter Herrmann

ISBN  978-1-78238-897-5
eISBN 978-1-78238-898-2 eBook

Published by Berghahn Books July 2015

Introduction

Social quality thinking emerged from a critique of one-sided policies by breaking through the limitations previously set by purely economistic paradigms. By tracing its expansion and presenting different aspects of social quality theory, this volume provides an overview of a more nuanced approach,  which assesses societal progress and introduces proposals that are relevant for policy making. Crucially, important components emerge with research by scholars from Asia, particularly China, eastern Europe, and other regions beyond western Europe, the theory’s place of origin. As this volume shows, this rich diversity of approaches and their cross-national comparisons reveal the increasingly important role of social quality theory for informing political debates on development and sustainability.

 

 

 

Authors

Ka Lin is Docent at the University of Tampere, Senior Researcher and Docent at the University of Turku, Professor and Director of the Social Policy Research Center at Nanjing University, Professor and Executive Director of the MSW Center of Zhejiang University, and Deputy Director of the Center for European Studies at Zhejiang University. He is also Vice President of the International Association on Social Quality and Editor of the International Journal of Social Quality.

Peter Herrmann is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland, Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of World Economy at Corvinus University of Budapest, correspondent to the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich, Associate Member of the Eurasian Center for Big History and System Forecasting, and Member of the Scientific Committee of Eurispes. Currently he lives and works in Rome.

 

In project collaboration with

ISS, Part of Erasmus University - The Hague, the Netherlands

EURISPES - Institute of Political, Economic and Social Studies - Rome, Italy

Zhejiang University - Hangzhou, China