© 2002

Assessing Quality of Life and Living Conditions to Guide National Policy

The State of the Art

  • Michael R. Hagerty
  • Joachim Vogel
  • Valerie Møller

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Michael Hagerty, Joachim Vogel, Valerie Møller
    Pages 1-11
  3. Concepts and Theory

  4. Current Social Indicator and Social Reporting Programs: National and Comparative Experience

  5. Applying Social Indicators to Effect Social Change

About this book


Our book is a useful "how to" book for researchers and government offices wanting to start or improve their own QOL survey, and contains "best practices" from all over the world. We discuss cutting-edge surveys that are being adopted by all countries in the European community as a standardized measure of each country's progress. We also discuss how developing countries can begin the measurement of Quality of Life in ways that will increase political credibility and require smaller budgets. Other chapters describe policy applications of the Quality of Life surveys, including nations' health goals, smoking cessation, child welfare, and poverty reduction.

The authors of these chapters are the world's top experts on assessing Quality of Life. For example, the author of the first chapter is Sten Johansson, former Director of Statistics Sweden, responsible for creating the first comprehensive QOL assessment systems in the world, beginning in the 1960's. The author of the second chapter is Professor Ruut Veenhoven, known as the premier researcher on national happiness, having developed the largest database in the world on the subjective measures of well-being. Heinz-Herbert Noll is responsible for developing the unified Quality of Life measurement system for the new European Union, where up to 25 countries will be assessed using the same methodology and questionnaires.


Design European Union (EU) Institution Israel Nation OECD Policy quality of life social change social indicators social policy statistics

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael R. Hagerty
    • 1
  • Joachim Vogel
    • 2
  • Valerie Møller
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaDavis
  2. 2.Statistics Sweden, Welfare Analysis Program, and University of UmeåSweden
  3. 3.Rhodes UniversitySouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Assessing Quality of Life and Living Conditions to Guide National Policy
  • Book Subtitle The State of the Art
  • Editors Michael R. Hagerty
    Joachim Vogel
    Valerie Møller
  • Series Title Social Indicators Research Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0727-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6064-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-306-47513-9
  • Series ISSN 1387-6570
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 450
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Reprinted from SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH, 58:1-3
  • Topics Sociology, general
    Quality of Life Research
    Political Science
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