Subjective Quality of Life as Social Indicator: the Context of Public Sector

Gediminas Merkys, Rūta Brazienė, Gita Kondrotaitė


This paper aims to disclose the concept of social indicators and its meaning for modern public administration practice and appropriate scientific research. The necessity to create a national system of social indicators in Lithuania is emphasized. Methodological problems of legitimating the thematic (dimensional) structure of social indicators is discussed as well. The article indicates a coherence of social indicators with fundamental methodological problems of society cognition: social measurement and evaluation, social diagnostics and social prognosis. The authors state a coherence of social indicators with social welfare, quality of life, sustainable development and New Public Management concepts. Paper is based on assumption, that the New Public Management is an instrument to assure sustainable development: it has to create prerequisites for quality of life. The problem of quality of life indicators is analysed, assuming a necessity to combine both objective and subjective indicators of quality of life in a particular research. It is indicated, that subjective indicators are a source of scientific informatikon, while subjective quality of life indicators are an independent object of social cognition. The paper presents a methodology for research of public opinion in a particular municipality, based on subjective quality of life indicators.


social indicators; ; objective quality of life; subjective quality of life; public opinion; new public management; sustainable development

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