is the degree to which people have command over material and immaterial resources over time in the context of social relations.
|Work||"workfare", employment security, quality of employment|
|Financial security||social security, income, dependence on income support|
|Housing||quality of housing, affordability, quality of environment|
|Health||quality of health & care services, lifestyle, physical and mental health|
|Education||levels and distribution of education and skills|
|Social Networks||dependence on family, friends and charity|
|Time||time spent on care (unpaid work), travel time|
is the degree to which people are and feel integrated in the different social relations (systems, institutions, organisations and structures) that constitute everyday life.
|Citizenship rights||constitutional/political rights, social rights, civil rights|
|Labour market||access to paid employment, quality of employment|
|Public services||health services, transport, commercial facilities, leisure services|
|Social Networks||friendships, neighbourhood participation, family life|
is the strength of social relations between people (including networks) which are a function of the integration of the integration between integrative norms and values (including trust and solidarity) in society.
|Trust||generalised trust, specific trust|
|Integrative norms and values||altruism, justice, commonality and reciprocity|
|Social networks||horizontal network, vertical networks, cross-cutting ties|
|Identity||national/European, regional/community/local interpersonal|
is concerned with the means and processes necessary for people to be capable of actively participating in social relations and actively influencing the immediate and more distant social and physical environment.
|Personal Capability and relationships||general and political knowledge, access to information, availability of advice and guidance, job flexibility. "compensating socialisation", personal relationships|
|Civic rights||availability of access points, openness of community towards new organisations ..., openness for "unorganised" action|
|Accessibility of the institutional system/civic control||electoral system and political accessibility, material independence of accessibility pf political system, availability of services supporting physical and social independence|
The definitions provided on this site are outcome of a ongoing research project, funded by the European Commission under the 5th Framework Programme, undertaken under the aegis of the European Foundation on Social Quality, Amsterdam. The definitions, as given had been in particular dealt with during a meeting middle of October, referring to working documents:
Socio-economic security: Laurent can der Maesen, Margo Keizer, European Foundation on Social Quality, Amsterdam, Netherlands with contributions by David Gordon, Peter Townsend Centre
Social Inclusion: Allan Walker, Andrea Wigfield, University of Sheffield, U.K.
Social Cohesion: Yitzhak Berman, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna, Austria; David Phillips, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, U.K.
Empowerment: Peter Herrmann, European Social Organisational and Science Consultancy, Agahbullogue, Ireland
Further information on the approach of Social Quality can be found in two contributions which are published on the methodology literature section of this website.