Global Handbook of Quality of Life

Exploration of Well-Being of Nations and Continents

  • Wolfgang Glatzer
  • Laura Camfield
  • Valerie Møller
  • Mariano Rojas

Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Long Term Trends of World Social Development: Health, Wealth, Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Mathias Bös, Hinrich Rosenbrock
      Pages 75-97
    3. Robert K. Schaeffer
      Pages 99-112
  3. Monitoring Global Wellbeing: Objective and Subjective Measurement

  4. Socio Economic Structures of Wellbeing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Richard A. Easterlin
      Pages 283-299
    3. Monica Guillen-Royo, Harold Langford Wilhite
      Pages 301-316
    4. Mariano Rojas
      Pages 317-350
    5. Duncan Campbell, Roger Magi Gomis Porquet
      Pages 351-379
    6. Maria-Angeles Duran
      Pages 381-411
    7. Michael Dauderstädt
      Pages 413-431
  5. Social Structures of Wellbeing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 433-433
    2. Vicki L. Lamb, Kenneth C. Land
      Pages 445-468
    3. Fermina Rojo-Perez, Gloria Fernandez-Mayoralas, Vicente Rodriguez-Rodriguez
      Pages 469-490
  6. Wellbeing in Nations and at Continents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 505-505
    2. Benjamin J. Roberts, Steven L. Gordon, Valerie Møller, Jarè Struwig
      Pages 531-568
    3. Simon Langlois
      Pages 569-572
    4. Rhonda Phillips
      Pages 573-581
    5. Martin Tetaz, Pablo Schiaffino, Miguel Braun
      Pages 583-596
    6. Takashi Inoguchi
      Pages 597-607
    7. Melissa K. Weinberg, Robert A. Cummins
      Pages 609-624
    8. Daphne Ahrendt, Hans Dubois, Erika Mezger
      Pages 625-661
    9. Jozef Džuka
      Pages 663-684
  7. Social Reporting on Wellbeing in Supranational Organizations

  8. Basic Dimensions of Global Wellbeing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 801-801
    2. Filomena Maggino
      Pages 803-822
    3. Yukiko Uchida, Yuji Ogihara, Shintaro Fukushima
      Pages 823-837
    4. Louis Tay, Lauren Kuykendall, Ed Diener
      Pages 839-853

About this book


This handbook provides a comprehensive historical account of the field of Quality of Life. It brings together theoretical insights and empirical findings, and presents the main items of global quality of life and wellbeing research. Worldwide in its scope of topics, the handbook examines discussions of demographic and health development, the spread of democracy, global economic accounting, multi-item measurement of perceived satisfaction and expert-assessed quality of life, and the well-being of children, women and poor people. It looks at well-being in specific regions, including North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, South America, and Eastern and Western Europe. In addition to contributions by leading and younger authors, the handbook includes contributions from International Organizations about their own work with respect to social reporting.


Affect Balance Scale (ABS) Analyzing Global Quality of Life Argentina´s Economic Development Child Well-Being Composite Social Indicator Demographic and Health Development Early Growth Paradox Global Demographic Change Global Development Trends Global Diversity and Inequality Global Social Change and Social Movements Global Well-Being and Unpaid Work Happiness and Economic Growth Happiness and Life-Satisfaction Happiness and Migration Happiness and Poverty Human Development Index Material Well-Being and Human Development Measurement of Subjective Wellbeing Political Development Positive Mental Health Positive and Negative Well-Being Quality of Life Research Quality of Life and Wellbeing in North Africa Quality of Life in the United States Subjective Well-Being System of National Accounting The Spread of Democracy War, Violence and Well-Being Welfare and Quality of Life Well-Being and Ageing Well-Being and Behavioral Economics Well-Being and Ecological Sustainability Well-Being and Relationship Formation Well-Being in Canada Well-Being in Sub-Saharan Africa Wellbeing in Asia World Social Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Glatzer
    • 1
  • Laura Camfield
    • 2
  • Valerie Møller
    • 3
  • Mariano Rojas
    • 4
  1. 1.Goethe-UniversitatFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.University of East AngliaNorwich Research ParkUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Rhodes University Inst. Social & Economic ResearchGrahamstownSouth Africa
  4. 4.FLACSO-Mexico & UPAEPMexico CityMexico

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