This and the next issues of the International Journal of Social Quality are the outcome
of the support by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) to develop this
journal globally, delivering an opportunity to present a more extensive editorial in
order to summarize the state of social quality work and to indicate essential challenges
at this stage and in the near future. To reflect our new collaboration with CASS and
our other growing international links, we welcome five new members from all over
the world to the editorial board. We also welcome our new vice-chair to the
international advisory committee. The preparations for the collaboration with CASS
were made in 2017. In the beginning of 2018, Berghahn Books in New York, the
International Association on Social Quality (IASQ) in Amsterdam, and CASS in
Beijing signed a contract for the coming five years. At this stage, CASS is made up of
31 research institutes and 45 research centers oriented on a range of disciplines
including economics, law, philosophy, political science, sociology, world religions,
environmental science, and world politics. It applies cross-disciplinary approaches to
regions such as Asia, Africa, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Western Europe.
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