-running campaign by right-wing Eurosceptic groups for the UK to exit the European Union (EU). Wider societal divisions are revealed by the Brexit (British Exit) vote ( Goodwin and Heath 2016 ), and it is proposed that the social quality approach can be useful to
Euroscepticism, Populism, Nationalism, and Societal Division
The Challenges of Brexit and COVID
have played a decisive role in the initiation and development of the theory of social quality and its approach worldwide over the past decades. They focused on social justice and the equitable participation of citizens in societies that are sustainable
On the Adaptive and Mimetic Nature of Subjective Well-Being
‘Quality’ and ‘well-being’ are topical issues and part of their success is based on the suggestion that we have here hard and solid notions on which one can built a new and better society. As normative standards, they anticipate an ideal state from which the actual reality of things can be evaluated as deficient. In this light poverty appears as a sore phenomenon, an infringement of what the quality of life and well-being are all about. In an attempt to qualify this quality of life, the present article focuses on western poverty and its (lacking) sense of well-being. Turning these notions into norms, one should check if ‘quality’ and ‘well-being’ are transparent i.e., referring to unambiguous evaluations that can be assessed objectively. While common and moral sense supposes so, science has to doubt this assumption. The following is based on empirical research in different fields and some theoretical reflections. Bringing these together we try to identify the subjective mechanisms that trouble the notions of quality and well-being. Indeed, there are distorting forces at work, which create and abort the subjective experiences of quality and well-being and thereby nullify their evaluative potential.
The “European model” of social protection is nowhere defined yet quite often referred to. Many of its underlying values and constitutive elements are repeatedly spelt out in various documents. Let me recapitulate in a condensed way some of the core values and some of the instruments or building blocks promoting their implementation.
Séamus Ó Cinnéide, Jean Cushen, and Fearghas Ó Gabhan
The 2005 Human Development Report recently found Ireland to be the second wealthiest country in the world (UN Development Programme). However, the same report also highlighted that Ireland was one of the countries with the greatest social inequality and with the third highest level of poverty out of the eighteen countries surveyed. The Celtic Tiger period may also be characterised in terms of the widening gap between rich and poor (Nolan, et al. 2000; UNDP 2005). Even ‘social partnership’, Ireland’s corporatist national planning arrangements, including triennial national pay agreements, is criticized for concentrating political power in the hands of small elites and organised interests (Ó Cinnéide 1998; Kirby 2002).
Delivering the Goods but Destroying Public Trust?
This paper discusses the impact of an important trend in service delivery in response to the substantial pressures that now face European welfare states: the New Public Management, combining centrally imposed targets and the promotion of market systems within state services. It traces the logic underlying the reform back to the rational self-regarding actor theories of human behaviour of the Enlightenment. Using the example of the UK NHS, recently reformed in a way that follows the rational actor paradigm, it considers the impact on long-term public trust.
Thomas Lenk and Volkmar Teichmann
This article analyses East German economic and social development of the last eight years, which, due to the reunification, represents a special case of the transformation processes occurring throughout the former socialist countries of Middle and Eastern Europe. Eight years after German reunification, an interim balance of the reform process in the new German states should be drawn up with an examination of West German financial contributions.
Changing the Reference for Accounting
are open, defined by power relationships concerned with the implementation of “relative social quality”—relative means not least relating to the understanding of the different actors. This openness also requires fully acknowledging that things are not
Has “Uncle Sam” Learned any Lessons from “Typhoid Mary?”
Amani Othman and William W. Darrow
you expect her to get fair treatment equal to a native-born, non-Muslim, “appealing” Anglo-American? Social Quality in Mary Mallon's and Donald Trump's America Social quality has been defined as “the extent to which citizens are able to
Laurent J.G. van der Maesen
characteristics of the social quality approach which also are relevant for this editorial ( IASQ 2019 ). In the fall of 2019, the new European Commission ( EC 2019/a ) also clearly said in its document about the European Green Deal that it would propose and