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Having, Loving, Being: An Alternative to the Swedish Model of Welfare Research

Erik Allardt

in The Quality of Life

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198287971
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198287976.003.0008

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Having, Loving, Being: An Alternative to the Swedish Model of Welfare Research

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Allardt describes the basic principles underlying the indicator system originated in the Comparative Scandinavian Welfare Study of 1972; contrasts them with those conceived in the Swedish Level of Living Survey of 1968; and argues that the comparative model not only offers a more comprehensive set of indicators but also permits the introduction of new indicators and measures when society changes. By focusing on the level of need satisfaction instead of resources, and by taking into account objective and subjective indicators, Allardt concludes that the comparative model is more able to convey a sociologically meaningful picture of the states of well‐being in a society.

Keywords: comparative survey; indicators; measurement; open system; Scandinavia

Chapter.  2959 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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