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A new book, ‘Social Quality: A Vision for Europe', edited by Beck, van der Maesen, Thomése and Walker has just been published under the egide of the European Foundation of Social Quality (Beck et al., 2001). This book is a follow-up to ‘The Social Quality of Europe', edited by Beck, van der Maesen and Walker and published in 1997 (Beck et al., 1997). Both books belong to the context of the 1997 ‘Amsterdam Declaration on the Social Quality of Europe', an attempt by social scientists and social policy experts to influence the political decision-makers of the European Union in the direction of an increased concern for ‘social quality’ (SQ) — to complement or supercede the traditional pursuit of purely economic objectives.