Project: 2019 – 2020

The SQA for Understanding Politics of the BRICS Platform and the Collaboration with Eurispes

From the side of Eurispes, the Institute and think tank of political, economic and social research in Rome, the BRICS platform is followed with great attention. This platform is composed of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This work by Eurispes happens from its ‘BRICS Laboratory. Decided was in collaboration with the International Association on Social Quality (IASQ) to start a project, with which to apply the SQA as compilation of five analytical frameworks to get a view on particularly significant and emblematic programs of activities of this platform. This is an intriguing challenge, because the members of this platform explain that its main objective is to contribute to the quality of global development.

Sustainability Goals and SQA

This is connected with the explanation to contribute to the Sustainability Goals of the United Nations. This project is of interest, because the decisions by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to assist the elaboration and dissemination of the SQA. Essential of this project is to apply the fourfold dimensional approach, as alternative of the traditional tripartite approach (economic, social and environmental dimensions), which applies the idea of the ‘social dimension’ as a black box of everything what is not economic or environmental. This project analyses the activities of the BRICS-platform in the past ten years on the basis of processes in the (1) socio-economic/financial dimension,  (2) the socio-political/legal dimension, (3) the socio-cultural/welfare dimension, and (4) the socio-environmental dimension as explained in a new way in Working Paper nr. 17.

This procedure has already been applied to actual societal processes in Ukraine. The outcomes of the first stage of the BRICS project – namely, the presentation of the state of the art about views and starting points regarding the four dimensions with regard to a multitude of policy areas, urbanization processes and the change of eco-systems, thus the three fields as the core-aspects of the overall sustainability  are published in the International Journal of Social Quality.

With the fundamental shift of living conditions in the member states of BRICS in the near future some extra steps should be made. First  to create a global accepted conceptual and hereupon analytical framework for combatting the existing Babylonian confusion in this platform. Second, to really connect BRICS’ main objective to develop the quality of global development and the 2015 UN report on sustainability goals, all member states should stimulate an explication of the applied normative framework. Of interest may be to connect this framework with the conceptual and analytical framework as proposed in the SQA.

Collaboration of BRICS Laboratory and IASQ

Third, unambiguous indicators are needed to understand and make it public for discussion the meaning of chosen politics and policies and their outcomes. From the point of view of the SQA, social quality indicators are a good candidate for this target. Because the background suppositions with regard to the first, second and third point, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences decided to collaborate with the IASQ and via this platform with also Eurispes in Rome. From the side of the BRICS-laboratory of Eurispes this may pave the way for a structural form of collaboration with the five think tanks of the members of this platform and this laboratory to start collaboration with the IASQ a dialogue about the outcomes of the first stage of this project.

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