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Social quality as a measure for social progress

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  • Social quality as a measure for social progress
  • Yee, Jaeyeol; Chang, Dukjin
  • Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)


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Title Social quality as a measure for social progress
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Author(English)

Yee, Jaeyeol; Chang, Dukjin

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)

Date 2011-12
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Development and Society:vol. 40(no. 2)
Pages 20
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < General
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

There is a growing recognition that GDP might not properly measure the real progress of a society. Although it is still a very useful measure, it was not designed to capture the social aspect of development. Accordingly, multiple attempts are being made to come up with a supplementary, or alternative, measure of social progress. As one such attempt, we focus on the concept and accompanying indicators of social quality originally devised by European scholars. Although social quality is a solid theoretical construct, we find that there are ambiguities when it comes to empirical application to the real world data. Analyses of data across 34 mostly OECD countries reveal that a modified concept and accompanying indicators better survive the reality check, but still consistent with the original concept of social quality. Using this modified set of indicators, we show the relative performance of these countries and suggest that there are three different types of social quality regime.