Dimensions of quality of life in Germany : measured by plain text responses in a representative survey (SOEP) / Gert G. Wagner (DIW Berlin, MPI for Human Development and Berlin University of Technology (TUB)), Martin Bruemmer (University of Leipzig), Axel Glemser (Kantar Public) Julia Rohrer (MPI for Human Development and Freie Universität Berlin (FU)), Jürgen Schupp (DIW Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin (FU) and IZA) ; IZA, Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserWagner, Gert G. In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Bruemmer, Martin ; Glemser, Axel ; Rohrer, Julia In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Schupp, Jürgen In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, January 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10521
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This paper demonstrates how quality of life can be measured by plain text in a representative survey, the German Socio Economic Panel Study (SOEP). Furthermore, the paper shows that problems that are difficult to monitor, especially problems like the state of the European Union, long-term climate change but also the national debt or problems with the quality of consumer goods (like food) and services (like medical treatment), are not issues of particular importance to the majority of people. Developments and risks that are difficult to monitor and only have long-term effects should be left primarily to the discourse conducted by experts and the politically-minded “elites”, the avant garde. And in representative democracies it is ultimately the parliamentarians who must decide. Parliamentarians are likely able to make somewhat better decisions using modern representative surveys and national dialogues than they would be without these instruments of civic participation. Nevertheless, improved civic participation cannot replace parliaments.