The Capability Approach
Concepts, Measures and Applications
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Capability Approach by Flavio Comim
Book DescriptionThe capability approach developed by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has become an important new paradigm in thinking about development. However, despite its theoretical and philosophical attractiveness, it has been less easy to measure or to translate into policy. This volume addresses these issues in the context of poverty and justice. Part I offers a set of conceptual essays that debate the strength of the often misunderstood individual focus of the capability approach. Part II investigates the techniques by which we can measure and compare capabilities, and how we can integrate them into poverty comparisons and policy advice. Finally, Part III looks at how we can apply the capability approach to different regions and contexts. Written by a team of international scholars, The Capability Approach is a valuable resource for researchers and graduate students concerned with the debate over the value of the capability approach and its potential applications.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521862875
(228mm x 152mm x 40mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Flavio Comim
Capabilities, Gender, Equality, Hardback (April 2014)
Provides unique reflections on the capability approach and its relevance to new human development policies and political liberalism.
Children and the Capability Approach, Hardback (October 2011)
Exploring a wide variety of case studies and developmental issues from a capability perspective, this book is an original contribution to both development and children's studies that raises a strong case for placing children's issues at the core of human development.
Capability Approach, Paperback (June 2010)
An analysis of Amartya Sen's capability approach in the context of poverty and justice.
Capabilities and Happiness, Hardback (October 2008)» View all books by Flavio Comim
Approaches to well-being have been hotly debated across the social sciences, with most challenging the conventional economic approach which uses income as a key indicator of happiness. This volume compares and contrasts two such approaches, the Capability and Happiness Approach, via a series of interdisciplinary papers from top names in the field.
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Author Biography - Flavio Comim
Flavio Comim is Director of the Capability and Sustainability Centre at St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. Mozaffar Qizilbash is Professor of Politics, Economics and Philosophy at the University of York. Sabina Alkire is Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford and Research Associate with the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University.
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