The Social Progress of Nations Revisited, 1970–2020

50 Years of Development Challenges and Accomplishments

  • Richard J. Estes

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 78)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 15-26
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
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      Pages 29-37
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
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      Pages 41-65
  5. Part IV

  6. Part V

  7. Part VI

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
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  8. Part VII

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
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    3. Back Matter
      Pages 193-193
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 195-253

About this book


This book presents a comprehensive view of the state of social progress worldwide over an entire 50-year period beginning 1970. It discusses original time-series research for the period 1970-2018 as well as contemporary trends in quality of life and well-being research for the period since 2018, and provides innovative research findings into the nature, history, and status of 160 of the world’s economically advanced and developing nations. Among the topics included are discussion of the worldwide development trends occurring with especially vulnerable population groups, such as children and youth, the elderly, women, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and economic migrants. Further, this book reports social indicator trends at four unit of analysis: individuals, nations, world regions, and for the world-as-a-whole.


Advancing Quality of Life and Well-Being Human Development Index Health and Education Methodology of Well-Being Data Population Groups and Well-Being Population Groups and Global Social Progress Quality of Life and Well-Being Social Development Theory Weighted Index of Social Progress Well-Being from a Global Perspective Well-Being from a Regional Perspective Well-Being from a National Perspective

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard J. Estes
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social Policy & PracticeUniversity of PennsylvaniaNarberthUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-15906-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-15907-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6570
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0099
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