Public Evaluation of Society in China

The Social Quality Approach

in The International Journal of Social Quality
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  • 1 Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences renly@cass.org.cn
  • 2 Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences zouyc@cass.org.cn
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Abstract

This study employs the social quality approach to analyze public evaluation of society in China based on the data of the 2017 Chinese Social Survey. It includes both objective and subjective survey indicators of the conditional factors of social quality, namely, socioeconomic security, social cohesion, social inclusion, and social empowerment, as independent variables. Regression results reveal most of these indicators are significantly related to the overall evaluation of society though with different explanatory power. This study not only helps understand how Chinese people evaluate their society but also calls attention to further improve social quality indicator system.

Contributor Notes

Ren Liying is Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Sociology in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Her research interests include political sociology, public opinion research, and survey methodology. Email: renly@cass.org.cn

Zou Yuchin is Associate Research Professor and Vice Director of the Research Office of Social Development at the Institute of Sociology in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Her research interests include social governance, social capital, and survey methodology. Email: zouyc@cass.org.cn

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