The Quality of European Societies

A Compilation of Composite Indicators

  • Eduardo Bericat
  • María Luisa Jiménez-Rodrigo

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 75)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Eduardo Bericat, Mercedes Camarero, María Luisa Jiménez-Rodrigo
    Pages 1-26
  3. Mercedes Camarero
    Pages 51-74
  4. Eduardo Bericat
    Pages 75-91
  5. Mercedes Camarero
    Pages 93-109
  6. Manuel Herrera-Usagre
    Pages 111-132
  7. Alex Tusell Collado
    Pages 133-147
  8. María Dolores Martín-Lagos
    Pages 149-165
  9. Eduardo Bericat, María Cascales-Mira
    Pages 167-186
  10. Katharina M. K. Stepping
    Pages 187-206
  11. María Luisa Jiménez-Rodrigo
    Pages 207-229
  12. Eduardo Bericat, Eva Sánchez-Bermejo
    Pages 231-250
  13. Juan Miguel Gómez-Espino
    Pages 251-270
  14. María José Dorado-Rubín, María José Guerrero-Mayo
    Pages 271-293
  15. María Luisa Jiménez-Rodrigo
    Pages 295-312
  16. Manuel Jesús Caro-Cabrera
    Pages 313-334

About this book


This volume presents a compilation of composite indicators created in order to measure important aspects of the quality of European societies. It examines three main questions: do Europeans live in good societies and enjoy good lives; are European societies becoming better as time passes, or is their quality slowly deteriorating; is the quality of life of Europe’s citizens improving over time or is it gradually and irrecoverably getting worse. The volume uses a precise and rigorous system of information to answer these questions and to assess the current situation and monitor the quality of European societies. It describes and discusses fourteen key domains, and per chapter, presents five rankings of EU countries based on composite indicators, which are used as one of the best instruments social science has to synthesize a large amount of information, and they are especially well suited to measure multidimensional social phenomena. The new System of Indices on the Quality of European Societies (SIQES) presented in this volume offers a very broad and rich empirical overview of more than 70 social composite indicators and their nearly 300 dimensions. One of the key findings coming out from the SIQES is that, according to the societal quality of European countries, there exist five different “Europes” inside Europe.


Quality of Life in European Societies European Well-Being Index (EWI) Subjective Well-Being in Europe Social and Political Participation Life Satisfaction and Happiness in Europe Cultural Practice in Europe Global Innovation and Creativity Index Quality of Government in European Societies Worldwide Governance Indicators Composite Indicator of Quality of Work Environment Sustainability in Europe Social and Gender Equality in Europe Children’s Subjective Well-Being Index for European Countries Well-Being in Older Populations in Europe Health Measures in Europe Global Peace Index (GPI)

Editors and affiliations

  • Eduardo Bericat
    • 1
  • María Luisa Jiménez-Rodrigo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversidad de SevillaSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversidad de SevillaSevilleSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05022-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05023-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6570
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0099
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