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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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Ka Lin, Des Gasper, and Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

In the current globalized world, societal trends, problems, and challenges come not only from national states but also from beyond. These trends, problems, and challenges include international migration, human traffi cking, pandemics such as HIV, environmental pollution, and terrorism, presenting risks for the progress of human society and for world peace. Therefore, they are, or should be, subject to forms of global governance. This issue of the International Journal of Social Quality includes several papers to discuss these issues as important topics in social quality studies.

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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 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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Four Dimensions of Societal Transformation

An Introduction to the Problematique of Ukraine

Zuzana Novakova

application of the social quality approach to the problematique of Ukraine in this broader comprehensive understanding would provide tools for moving beyond the presentation of relatively fragmented sectors toward a more comprehensive understanding of the

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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

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

This issue is dedicated to two general topics that play a central role in social quality thinking and its policy application. The first is how to sharpen the social quality approach (SQA) as an intellectual instrument to understand the nature and

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Note from the Editorial Board

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

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A Mistrustful Society?

The Lack of Trust in Government Institutions in the Czech Republic

Nicole Horáková

Berman and Phillips 2012 ) so that there are numerous different approaches that cannot be discussed here. As Wolfgang Beck and colleagues (2001) show, social cohesion with all its facets is an integral part of the new quadrant of social quality

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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