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The Capability Approach
Concepts, Measures and Applications

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Sabina Alkire, Mozaffar Qizilbash, Ingrid Robeyns, Séverine Deneulin, Miriam Teschl, Laurent Derobert, Flavio Comim, Caterina Ruggeri Laderchi, Fotis Papadopoulos, Panos Tsakloglou, Enrica Chiappero Martinetti, Sara Lelli, Kanchan Chopra, Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, Santosh Mehrotra, Jean-Luc Dubois, Sophie Rousseau, Shahin Yaqub, Tom De Herdt, Elaine Unterhalter, Pier Giogio Ardeni, Antonio Andracchio, Kirsten Sehnbruch
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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521862875

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  • The 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.

    • Cross-disciplinary appeal to development economists and philosophers
    • Discusses measurement and application of the complex philosophical arguments of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen in real development contexts
    • International authorship and case studies ensure global relevance
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    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521862875
    • length: 636 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 40 mm
    • weight: 1.1kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Introduction
    1. Using the capability approach: prospective and evaluative analyses Sabina Alkire
    Part I. Concepts:
    2. Amartya Sen's capability view: insightful sketch or distorted picture? Mozaffar Qizilbash
    3. Sen's capability approach and feminist concerns Ingrid Robeyns
    4. Beyond individual freedom and agency: structures of living together in the capability approach to development Séverine Deneulin
    5. Does identity matter? On the relevance of identity and interaction for capabilities Miriam Teschl and Laurent Derobert
    6. Measuring Capabilities Flavio Comim
    Part II. Measures:
    7. Do concepts matter? An empirical investigation of the differences between a capability and a monetary assessment of poverty Caterina Ruggeri Laderchi
    8. Social exclusion in the EU: a capability-based approach Fotis Papadopoulos and Panos Tsakloglou
    9. Complexity and vagueness in the capability approach: strengths or weaknesses? Enrica Chiappero Martinetti
    10. Operationalising Sen's capability approach: the influence of the selected technique Sara Lelli
    11. Operationalizing capabilities in a segmented society: the role of institutions Kanchan Chopra and Anantha Kumar Duraiappah
    Part III. Applications:
    12. Democracy, decentralisation and access to basic services: an elaboration on Sen's capability approach Santosh Mehrotra
    13. Reinforcing household's capabilities as a way to reduce vulnerability and prevent poverty in equitable terms Jean-Luc Dubois and Sophie Rousseau
    14. Capabilities over the lifecourse: at what age does poverty damage most? Shahin Yaqub
    15. Social policy and the ability to appear in public without shame: some lessons from a food relief programme in Kinshasa Tom De Herdt
    16. The capability approach and gendered education:some issues of operationalisation in the context of the HIV/AIDs epidemic in South Africa Elaine Unterhalter
    17. Women and poverty In Mozambique: is there a gender bias In capabilities, employment conditions and living standards? Pier Giogio Ardeni and Antonio Andracchio
    18. From the quantity to the quality of employment: an application of the capability approach to the Chilean labour market Kirsten Sehnbruch
    Index.

  • Editors

    Flavio Comim, University of Cambridge

    Mozaffar Qizilbash, University of York

    Sabina Alkire, University of Oxford

    Contributors

    Sabina Alkire, Mozaffar Qizilbash, Ingrid Robeyns, Séverine Deneulin, Miriam Teschl, Laurent Derobert, Flavio Comim, Caterina Ruggeri Laderchi, Fotis Papadopoulos, Panos Tsakloglou, Enrica Chiappero Martinetti, Sara Lelli, Kanchan Chopra, Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, Santosh Mehrotra, Jean-Luc Dubois, Sophie Rousseau, Shahin Yaqub, Tom De Herdt, Elaine Unterhalter, Pier Giogio Ardeni, Antonio Andracchio, Kirsten Sehnbruch

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