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Jaap Westbroek, Harry Nijhuis, and Laurent van der Maesen

unity. Particular attention is given to the interdependent dialectical character of processes in societies between humans and (evolving) levels of societal organization. We propose that the theory of social quality, both in ontological and

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Pathways to Empowerment

The Social Quality Approach as a Foundation for Person-Centered Interventions

Judith R. L. M. Wolf and Irene E. Jonker

Goscha 2012 ). From its start, the social quality approach (SQA) has been the theoretical framework to structure and ground PTE for its use in daily practice as well as for its implementation training courses. The SQA proved particularly useful in

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The Case of Australia

Trust During Pandemic Uncertainty—A Qualitative Study of Midlife Women in South Australia

Paul R. Ward, Belinda Lunnay, Kristen Foley, Samantha B. Meyer, Jessica Thomas, Ian Olver, and Emma R. Miller

social quality post-pandemic. Our article responds to recent calls for social science research on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic ( Brown 2020 ; Ward 2020 ). Since the beginning of the pandemic, people in most countries around the world have

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The Case of Brazil

Coloniality and Pandemic Misgovernance as Necropolitical Tools in the Amazon

Vanessa Boanada Fuchs

scientific denialism, misinformation, and mismanagement of resources, all of which, aside from the important human cost, have contributed to a decrease in the social quality of the daily lives of many people, hitting the most vulnerable of Brazil

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The Case of India

A Moral Foundation for the Impact of COVID-19 on Health and Society in the World's Largest Democracy

Sony Pellissery, Vijay Paul, Khushi Srivastava, and Drishti Ranjan

develop a framework, using the case of Indian society and the COVID-19 virus, for marrying QoG with the social quality approach (SQA). We find that the impartiality principle advanced in the QoG approach is insufficient to capture the complex dimensions

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The Curious Case of Slovakia

Regime Preferences Thirty Years after the Velvet Revolution

Zuzana Reptova Novakova

, this article sets to explore some of the developments in Slovak society through the lens of social quality. Highlighting the links between the malaise with liberal democracy and aspects of social quality ( Van der Maesen and Walker 2012 ) or “decent

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The Case of the United Kingdom

Mapping Localism, Resilience, and Civic Activism in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tony Bradley, Issam Malki, Curtis Ziniel, and Asad Ghalib

from the 55,000 data points of the Greening Markets Research Group database. This is contextualized through a new theory of a localism continuum, related to social quality theory (SQT) and the social quality approach (SQA) (IASQ 2019). Findings are

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The Case of Germany

Civil Society and Civic Activism in the Pandemic

Susann Worschech

-related policy, was increasingly criticized. The weak role of Parliament was accompanied by the ambivalent development of civil society, which is described below. Theoretical Foundations Democracy, Social Quality, and Quality of Democracy The COVID-19

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The Case of China

The Societal Impact of the “Whole of Government Approach”

Wang Jing and Wang Xue

description of the specific government approaches that were deployed in China to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. In our description, we will make use of components of social quality theory (SQT) and the social quality approach (SQA) to describe the deployed

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Tadashi Hirai

's participation and everyday lives. The quality of participation is indeed an essential theme of social quality, insofar as it concerns “a form of participation in which people are able to shape their own circumstances and contribute to social development in such