European Journal of Social Quality

Articles

Vol. 6, No. 2, December

Social Quality and Modern Public Health: Developing a Framework for the Twenty-First Century
The central focus of this special issue of the European Journal of Social Quality is exploring and understanding the utility, relevance and operationalisation of the Theory of Social Quality for public health policy and practice. In keeping with the...
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Operationalizing the Theory of Social Quality: Theoretical and Experiential Reflections from the Development and Implementation of a Public Health Programme in the UK
Abstract The main purpose of this short paper is to provide reflections on the potential to operationalise the Theory of Social Quality within public health and also on its utility for both public health policy and practice. In addition, we outline...
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Social Capital and Health: Research Findings and Questions on a Modern Public Health Perspective
Abstract This article aims at contributing to the discussion on the features of public health systems consistent with the broader definition of health--broader than the strictly bio-medical one--which is currently accepted in the related literature....
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Towards a New Philosophy in the Prevention Strategy on Health and Safety at Work: Pro-Activity and Well-Being
Abstract The current prevention policy continues to be reactive. It is even negative and demotivating. This atmosphere is destroying the working conditions we need in our new social-economic environment. Quality of work has become top of the agenda...
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Conditions for Low Stress-Risk Jobs: Europe's Case
Abstract The European situation of new forms of work organisation and stress risks in jobs are described against the 'decentralisation-human factor orientation model" which discerns types of work organisation. 'Flexible firms' based on lean production...
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Social Capital and Community Pharmacy: A Critical Review
Introduction Although community pharmacists have a well-established and culturally acknowledged role supplying medicines, the reconfiguration of occupational boundaries within healthcare in England and other countries (Charles-Jones et al. 2003)...
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The Rational Actor Reform Paradigm: Delivering the Goods but Destroying Public Trust?
Abstract This paper discusses the impact o fan 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...
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Trust, Reflexivity and Dependence: A 'Social Systems Theory' Analysis In/of Medicine
Abstract Given the centrality of'trust' in both the Theory of Social Quality and as a central motif of life in late modernity, this paper focuses attention on public (mist) trust in social systems and the potential ramifications of engagement with...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, January

Social Quality, Values, Convergence and the European Social Model
Unlike the last issue of the European Journal of Social Quality, which dealt entirely with social quality in individual nations, this issue focuses exclusively on the European dimension with particular emphasis on values associated with social quality...
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Social Quality in Rousseau
Abstract The main ideas of Rousseau relevant to social quality are reviewed here with reference to many of his books and essays. A central theme in Rousseau's work is connected to the evils of inequality where the poor endure their servitude in...
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Social Quality-Opening Individual Well-Being for a Social Perspective *
Abstract The article presents the application of the Social Quality Approach in order to develop a clear understanding of the European Social Model. For this Social Quality is understood as both a normative approach and an analytical tool. The article...
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Covenants, External Effects and Employability
Abstract Employability is on the agenda. Yet, we lack the institutional structures and mechanisms to effectively promote it. Most of our labour instititutions are at the national level on the one hand, on the industrial and company level on the...
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Exporting or Pulling Down? the European Social Model and Eastern Enlargement of the EU
Abstract This paper hypothesises that public support for the economic and political transformation in east-central Europe in 1989 was fuelled by enthusiasm for the reception of the (west) European Social Model, where the capitalist mode of production...
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Convergence in Social Welfare Systems: From Evidence to Explanations
Abstract After the Second World War, the view that people of every nation would be entitled to experience rising standards of living pervaded all corners of the globe. Convergence was seen as a positive way of achieving a Golden Age and a peaceful...
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Uniting Europeans by Values: A Feasible Enterprise?
Abstract The draft-Constitution of the European Union mentions several values on which the Union is based. The status of these values is rather ambiguous, as the Constitution speaks about 'values', about 'developing common values' and about values...
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Vol. 5, No. 1-2, January-December

Indicators of Social Quality
To date the social quality project has been dominated by theoretical, philosophical and policy agendas. This double issue of the Journal marks a point of departure as it reports on the results of the European Network Indicators of Social Quality (ENIQ)...
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Indicators of Social Quality: Outcomes of the European Scientific Network
Social Quality and Quality of Life In October 2001, the Network Indicators of Social Quality started the process of creating social quality indicators. This project of the European Foundation on Social Quality was supported by the European Commission...
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Indicators of Social Quality: Outcomes for Belgium
Introduction In presenting social quality indicators for Belgium, we have confined ourselves to explaining the national situation concerning these indicators without reflecting on the theory of social quality itself or the broader theoretical framework....
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Social Quality in Britain: A Welfare State?
Introduction This article introduces the four components of social quality from the British perspective. The main issue that this article highlights is the difference between British and European social understandings of inclusion and social policy....
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Social Quality in Finland
Introduction The 1970s could be said to be the 'golden age' for social and well-being indicators. After a period of slow progress, new indicators were devised in Europe during the mid-1990s, however, improvements are still needed in the knowledge...
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Social Quality: The French Case
Introduction Given that the French ideology of social progress is deeply rooted in France, until the mid-1970s many authors had believed that poverty would disappear under the pressure of economic growth, the development of education and of social...
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Social Quality in Germany
Introduction A.B. became unemployed shortly after the wall had come down. He did not find a job in his old profession, hence he was retrained. He did not find a job in his new profession either, so he started his own business. It failed, debts rose,...
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The 'Social Quality' Perspective in Greece
Introduction The subject matter of the 'social', defined as the realisation of the self in the context of collective identity, provides the central premise of the social quality perspective. On the basis of this premise the ENIQ (European Network...
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Social Quality in Hungary: In the Framework of ENIQ
Introduction In Hungary, the social and economic conditions have dramatically changed after the political and economical transition. The collapse of communism in 1989-90 forced Hungary, as well as other CEE countries, to reconstruct their political,...
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The Irish National Report
Introduction The 2005 Human Development Report recently found Ireland to be the second wealthiest country in the world (UN Development Programme). (1) However, the same report also highlighted that Ireland was one of the the countries with the greatest...
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Social Quality in Italy
Introduction Within Europe, Italy exhibits one of the highest levels of internal and regional heterogeneity. This includes difference is may social indicators: e.g., PIL per capita, per capita income, incidence and intensity of poverty, unemployment...
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European Network on Indicators of Social Quality: Summary of the Dutch National Report
Introduction The European Network for Indicators of Social Quality (ENIQ) is one initiative that has come out of a demand for a socially richer Europe. It aims to develop a theoretical framework that captures the essence of quality in the daily...
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Social Quality in Portugal-Reflecting on the Context and the Conditional Factors
Introduction Emphasising the 'dialectic of self-realisation and the formation of collective identities', the social quality theory becomes operative through four distinct, though interrelated, conditional factors: socio-economic security, social...
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Social Quality in Slovenia: Emergent Individual Risks and Disappearing Fora to Discuss Them (1)
Introduction Slovenia is among those Central East European countries that have been undergoing rather turbulent processes, the so called 'transition', causing many profound changes in all societal domains. The 'transition' was basically about 'leaving'...
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Social Quality in Spain
Introduction Social quality, defined as 'the extent to which people are able to participate in the social and economic life of their communities under conditions which enhance their well-being and individual potential', aims at providing a new framework...
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Social Quality in Sweden
Introduction 'Social quality' is not a common term in Sweden and its sister notion 'quality of life' is used mainly with respect to the conditions of particular individuals and rarely, if ever, in social analysis. Swedish social statistics and social...
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Indicators of Social Quality and the Anti-Poverty Strategies
Introduction This article contains the 'European Anti-Poverty Network' contribution to the European research- and Network-project on Indicators of Social Quality (ENIQ). It contains the following parts: after this introduction the European social...
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The View from the International Council on Social Welfare
Introduction The International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), European Region, is, together with its academic partners, a member of the ENIQ Project. These academic bodies have developed and formulated the theory of social quality, together...
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Empowerment: The Core of Social Quality
Introduction Fundamentally, the Social Quality Approach (SQA) takes up a topic that runs like a thread through philosophy and social science, namely the tensions between two fields. The one field stretches between 'individual and society', the other...
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European Indicators of Social Quality Network List
The articles in this European Journal of Social Quality have rest, lied from a European Network Project on Indicators of Social Quality, carried out between 2001 and 2005 and supported by The Fifth Framework Programme by DG Research of the European...
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Vol. 4, No. 1-2, January-December

From Unemployment to Flexicurity-Opportunities and Issues for Social Quality in the World of Work in Europe
This special issue of the Journal, which gathers a number of papers produced in the context of a research project recently conducted by the European Foundation on Social Quality, is again devoted to the crucial policy-field of employment. Indeed,...
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Social Quality, Employment and Its Flexicurity
1. Introduction Two Challenges The main task of this article is to introduce the social quality initiative and to link its recent outcomes to aspects of employment policy. The initiative was launched during the Dutch Presidency in 1997 as...
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Flexible and Secure: Adaptability and the Employment Relationship
Joint Report Team 1. Introduction When the new French government of Lionel Jospin took action in 1997 on behalf of a European employment objective, its initiative received a rather lukewarm welcome. Just a few years later the very existence...
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Working Time and Time for Care in Europe
Joint Report Team This paper combines two documents on employment flexibility and security prepared in the context of the research project 'Social Quality and the Policy Domain of Employment', undertaken by the European Foundation on Social Quality....
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Social Quality and the Policy Domain of Employment in Belgium
1. Introduction What's in a name? 'Social quality' is an attractive yet vague concept. It has an appeal in the context of post-industrial aspirations to rise above the quantitative and the material, towards qualitative, immaterial goals; it emphasises...
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Social Quality and the Policy Domain of Employment in Finland
1. Introduction There are two, quite contradictory views of Finnish working life. On the one hand, the Finns are considered a hard-working people, and almost all adults (both men and women) participate in paid employment, usually fulltime. Thus,...
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Social Quality and the Policy Domain of Employment in Hungary
1. Defining Flexibility and Security European labour-market patterns tend to contain a growing element of flexible employment, which deviates from the norm of the secure, lifelong career. What do we mean by flexible work? Dex and McCullogh (1997)...
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Social Quality and the Policy Domain of Employment in the Netherlands
1. Introduction: Flexicurity in Employment This report seeks to answer several basic questions concerning the employment situation in the Netherlands. The focus is on flexicurity, in other words the combination of secure and flexible employment...
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Social Quality and the Policy Domain of Employment in Portugal
This paper is organised into six main parts: first, this introduction outlines some general features of the Portuguese labour market; the second part deals with the main characteristics of employment relations; part 3, 'Working time', provides some...
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Vol. 3, No. 1-2, January-December

Editorial
This double issue of The European Journal of Social Quality groups a number of contributions that approach the theme of citizenship and welfare protection from various angles, all relevant to the debates that are taking place in Europe today on this...
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European Integration and the Reform of Social Security in the Accession Countries (1,2)
1. The 'European Model'--Assuming it Exists 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...
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Community Citizenship and Community Social Quality: The British Jewish Community at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (1)
Introduction Issues of loyalty, membership and belonging are pertinent to all multicultural societies and are particularly crucial for recent migrants and members of other minority communities in that they are faced with a variety of choices in...
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Social Quality as a Tool for Policy Analysis: The Place of Children in Family Policy
This paper will consider the use of social quality as an analytical tool for the study of social policy, with special emphasis on the social quality of children placed within the framework of family policy. The paper's main focus is on the relationship...
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EMU and the Social Environment (1)
1. Introduction On 1 January 1999, the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) was created. The currencies of 12 member countries of the European Union (EU) were first irrevocably fixed and then replaced by one European currency, the euro, earlier...
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Quality in the Balance: 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...
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Reconceptualisation of Social Quality
Social quality was first conceptualised and developed in the book 'The Social Quality of Europe' (Beck et al, 1997). This book, through a series of articles, develops the background to the concept and then produces a theoretical framework of social...
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Review-Some Preliminary Considerations about Social Cohesion and Social Quality
1. Introduction The recently published report by Wolfgang Beck exploring the role of social cohesion in European policies (Beck, 2001) is of interest for the European Foundation on Social Quality. Indeed, in the Foundation second book, 'Social Quality:...
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Newsletter of the European Foundation on Social Quality
Foundation Rewarded Twice by the Ec The considerable labour of many over the last three years to develop the concept of social quality, has finally been rewarded by the European Commission. Not just one, but two projects will be implemented with...
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Vol. 2, No. 2, July-December

The Social Quality of Employment: Europe Needs a Social Policy for Work
This special issue focuses on one of the most important policy issues in contemporary societies and also one of the key determinants of social quality: employment. The five articles in this section, from contributors in the south as well as the north...
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European Employment: A New Approach to Analysing Trends
After over a decade of being politically sidelined, employment re-emerged during the 1990s as an issue of international concern (Berthelot, 1995: 32). The European Union and member-state governments once again focused on what they perceived to be the...
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The Social Meaning of Employment and Unemployment
Since the end in the 1970s of the (to a great extent mythical) full-employment era of the trente glorieuses, the unemployment rate has become the social indicator par excellence of the social performance of an economy. It has been increasingly used...
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Regulating Labour: Employment Policy in Europe
Introduction: from Full Employment to Full Participation The employment record in the EU-countries is widely divergent. Differences between nations and regions, men and women, sectors and branches, age and skill categories figure prominently in...
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The Role for Organised Labour in De-Industrialising Economies
Introduction After World War II and during the golden age of capitalism industrialised countries developed a high level of functional integration between the social segments of the employment system, a specific production model and welfare provisions....
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Being Young in Italy: The Paradoxes of a Familistic Society
The Virtues and Risks of Delay in Leaving the `Family Nest' It is well known that young Italians, together with young Spaniards, unlike the majority of other Europeans of the same age, tend to delay leaving their parents' home until a relatively...
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The Logic of Enlargement: The European Union and the Expansion of the Sphere of European Interests(1)
I. The European Union can be pictured as the `European Onion'. This pun provides a simple and comprehensive description of the future developments within and around the European Union, its pattern and its function. An onion consists of peel, where...
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Social Quality: A New Vision for Europe
In October 2000 the publisher Kluwer Law International presented a new milestone in the analysis of social quality, the Foundation's second book, Social Quality: A New Vision For Europe (Beck, van der Maesen, Thomese, Walker, 2000). This publication,...
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