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Development of Quality of Life Theory and Its Instruments

The Selected Works of Alex. C. Michalos


  • Clearly explains and discusses several seminal theories and reports

  • Connects theory to practical indicators and case studies

  • Zooms in on community aspects of quality of life


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Alex C. Michalos
    Pages 1-4
  3. Alex C. Michalos
    Pages 5-37
  4. Alex C. Michalos
    Pages 39-95
  5. Alex C. Michalos
    Pages 97-102
  6. Bruno D. Zumbo, Alex C. Michalos
    Pages 137-156
  7. Alex C. Michalos
    Pages 185-198
  8. Alex C. Michalos, P. Maurine Kahlke
    Pages 241-285
  9. Alex C. Michalos, P. Maurine Kahlke, Karen Rempel, Anu Lounatvuori, Anne MacDiarmid, Heather Creech et al.
    Pages 301-336
  10. Bruno D. Zumbo, Alex C. Michalos
    Pages 341-346
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 347-353

About this book


The focus of this volume is on the further development of the Quality of Life Theory and the means to measure the concept. The volume summarizes Michalos’ fundamental assumptions about the nature of quality of life or human well-being and explains in detail the two variable theory of the quality of life. It gives an update of the journal Social Indicators Research after forty years, an explanation of the role of community indicators in connecting communities, and a critical review of the much publicized Stiglitz, Sen and Fitoussi report. It deals with the multiple discrepancies theory (MDT), the empirical theory designed to provide the foundation of the pragmatic theory of value. Other concepts discussed in this volume are the stability, sensitivity, and other different features of measures of domain and life satisfaction and happiness, measures of arts-related activities and beliefs, measures of knowledge, attitudes and behaviour concerning sustainable development, and the role of quality of life in sustainable development research. The volume concludes with discussions on connections between social indicators and communities, aspects of community quality of life in Prince George, British Columbia and Jasper, Alberta, and British Columbians’ expectations and attitudes going into the third millennium.


Historical Review of Quality of Life Quality of Life Research in Canada Social Indicators Research Multiple Discrepancies Theory (MDT) Life Satisfaction and Happiness Quality of Life in Sustainable Development Research Social Indicators and Communities Community Quality of Life Measures of Arts-Related Activities and Beliefs Measures of Knowledge Foundation of the Pragmatic Theory of Value Aspects of Quality of Life Satisfaction and Happiness

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Northern British ColumbiaPrince GeorgeCanada

About the authors

Prof. Alex Michalos currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Brandon University. He is also the Director of Research for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and Emeritus Professor in Political Science at his former institution, the University of Northern British Columbia. Michalos has published 24 books, over 100 refereed articles, and founded or co-founded seven scholarly journals. Among the seven, he is Editor in Chief for the Journal of Business Ethics, the most frequently cited journal in the world devoted to business ethics, and Social Indicators Research, the first scholarly journal devoted to quality of life research. He is married to Dr. Deborah Poff, President and Vice-Chancellor of Brandon University.  

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