WP45: Citizenship, Governance and Social Quality
Conference on Citizenship, Governance and Social Quality
WP45 Responsible for Spread of Excellence
To organise a conference on the quality of life taking into account a range of themes in CINEFOGO: The quality of life is a research topic within social and political research on the one hand but it is also an instrument of European social policy, an alternative to economistic ways of measuring policy outcomes and goals. It utilises a range of subjective and objective measures of social cohesion more generally. Social quality is a more multifarious policy-oriented way of approaching the quality of life. There are a number of themes implied within the quality of life and these include:
Social capital; Social cohesion; Participation and empowerment; Work and the economic environment; Social exclusion
These themes have important implications for governance and citizenship since they are an outcome and a goal of new governance approaches. They raise many questions about the cultural and social variations across Europe, including whether different elements are of equal importance in different locations and how they can best be understood or measured. Does quality of life mean the same thing everywhere, or does it have different meanings? How meaningful is it to adopt this as a general policy goal?
The theme of the conference is sufficiently broad to include many different CINEFOGO presentations
WP45 Description of work
The conference would bring together a range of themes within CINEFOGO to look at the Social Quality in comparative perspective. This resonates with policy priorities in the European Union and in some member states (including countries as diverse as the UK and Romania).
The quality of life perspective puts together a range of subjective and objectives perspectives to get an overall picture of the quality of life in a given society. It is based upon an established body of knowledge, but the aim of this conferences is to pull these different aspects of the quality of life together and bring new theoretical impetus to make it into a significant policy tool as well as a sociological political and economic instrument.
Conference budget to be elaborated separately. The person-months are intended to enable the preparation of the conference, the execution of the conference and the follow up publication.
- All CINEFOGO participants
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