The International Journal of Social Quality

(formerly The European Journal of Social Quality)

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Editor: Ka Lin, Zhejiang University

Published in partnership with Zhejiang University and the International Association of Social Quality

The International Journal of Social Quality is a peer reviewed, scholarly journal which has a primary focus on the interpretation of social quality through a wide range of disciplines, including social policy, economics, sociology, law and legal studies, philosophy, political science, geography, health sciences, and public administration. The journal seeks to create a forum for scientists, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to discuss issues related to social quality based on qualitative and quantitative methods, normative debate and action-oriented case studies. The journal also discusses the social quality theory and approach in comparison with other approaches such as the quality of life, social capital, human security, the capability approach, and the human development or social harmony approach. Special attention is given to global sustainability challenges addressed from the social quality and human security approach.

International Journal of Social Quality is published twice a year in Summer and Winter.

Current Issue

Volume 3, Issue 2

SPECIAL ISSUE: In Search of the “Social”: European and Global Perspectives on the Idea of the Welfare State


The “Social”: The Global Career of an Idea
Lutz Leisering


The Idea of Social Policy in Western Societies: Origins and Diversity
Franz-Xaver Kaufmann

The Rise of the “Global Social”: Origins and Transformations of Social Rights under UN Human Rights Law
Ulrike Davy

Welfare Systems in Europe and the United States: Conservative Germany Converging toward the Liberal US Model?
Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

Religious Cleavages, Divisions on the Left and the Political Economy of Southern Europe
Philip Manow

Emergence of New Welfare States in East Asia? Domestic Social Changes and the Impact of “Welfare Internationalism” in South Korea and Taiwan (1945–2012)
Won Sub Kim and Shih-Jiunn Shi

The Logic of Welfare: Religious and Sociological Foundations of Social Policy Rationality
Elmar Rieger