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Agency and Democracy in Development Ethics

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Lori Keleher, Stacy J. Kosko, Eric Palmer, Des Gasper, Flavio Comim, Chloe Schwenke, Nigel Dower, Christine M. Koggel, Serene J. Khader, Alejandra Boni, Jay Drydyk, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Aurora López-Fogués, Melanie Walker, Andrea Vigorito, Gonzalo Salas, Rachel Nussbaum Wichert, Martha C. Nussbaum, Luis Camacho, Adela Cortina, Frances Stewart, Colleen Murphy, Javier M. Iguíñiz Echeverría, David A. Crocker
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  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107195004

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  • A diverse set of expert voices from the Global North and South - philosophers, economists, policy and development scholars and practitioners - explore two themes central to development ethics: agency and democracy. Established luminaries in development ethics engage with the book's themes alongside fresh voices on the way to becoming familiar figures in the field. Their essays work within diverse areas of development studies, including human security and human rights, democratic governance in theory and practice, the capability approach, gender and development, and applied and theoretical critiques of the philosophical underpinnings of various accounts of development. The result is a varied and comprehensive discussion of current work in development ethics that significantly advances our understanding of theoretical and practical work of development. This book will interest students, scholars, and practitioners of global justice, human rights, international development and political philosophy.

    • Brings together the issues of agency, democracy, participation, and ethics in global development in a single, cohesive volume
    • Offers a diverse and relevant set of essays from academics and practitioners from a variety of fields from all around the globe
    • Celebrates and builds upon the work of development ethics pioneer David A. Crocker
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘David A. Crocker has made crucial contributions to development ethics and the human development approach, in particular with his agency-oriented capability approach. The essays in this impressive volume testify to the great influence that David A. Crocker has had on several generations of scholars and students, and how he keeps inspiring others to take the important tasks of development ethics further. This volume will be required reading for students and scholars in development ethics, human development, capability theory, and related fields.' Ingrid Robeyns, Chair Ethics of Institutions, Universiteit Utrecht

    ‘David A. Crocker has been a leading figure in the multidisciplinary field of developmental ethics stressing the themes of agency and participatory deliberative democracy. He has inspired a generation of thinkers throughout the North and South who engage his thinking in this splendid collection of essays. Crocker contributes to the volume by answering his critics and developing his conception of liberal perfectionism. This is an extremely lively and timely discussion of fundamental issues confronting us today.' Richard J. Bernstein, Vera List Professor of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research, New York

    'There may be little justice in the world, but it is wonderful to see an excellent collection of insightful essays on development ethics written in honour of a pioneering contributor to the subject, David A. Crocker. The fact that the essays are inspired by and engage Crocker’s original ideas makes this festschrift all the more significant.' Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    'This volume is a wonderful tribute to David A. Crocker, a pioneer in the field of development ethics, a humanist, and a dedicated teacher. Written by some of the top thinkers in this field, these essays are testimony both to the wide-ranging influence of Crocker’s work on agency, capability and inclusive democracy, and to the importance of bringing together philosophy, development and critical theory. Crocker’s responses to points raised by some authors adds further to the volume’s intellectual sparkle. Those unfamiliar with these fine thinkers should begin here, while those already embedded in the field will find herein exciting new pathways of engagement.' Bina Agarwal, University of Manchester

    'In this impressive collection of essays, Keleher and Kosko have succeeded mightily in highlighting the deep contributions that David A. Crocker has made in his long career studying and expanding the field of development ethics. A particular success has been bringing a new focus on the roles of agency and deliberative democracy to bear on the capabilities approach. The essays of the many illustrious contributors highlight his contributions as well as the daunting obstacles that remain to achieving a development process that is ethical, equitable, and democratic for the many deprived populations of the world. The volume covers the philosophical, moral, and empirical aspects of this global challenge and is truly a wonderful read.' Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution College Park Professor, University of Maryland

    'Edited in honour of David A. Crocker, the collection brilliantly brings together analyses, critiques, evaluations, amendments, and refinements of key concepts governing the paradigm of development ethics. The book voices the wealth of concepts of a whole solid school of social theory and the philosophical ramifications in its magnificent global perspectives; bringing into play the thoughts of such great philosophers of development as A. Sen, D. Crocker, S. Alkire, D. Goulet, J. Rawls, M. Nussbaum, and many other philosophers of development and democracy theory.' Ezroura Mohamed, Mohammed V University, Morocco

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107195004
    • length: 486 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Lori Keleher and Stacy J. Kosko
    Part I. Development Ethics:
    1. Why development needs philosophy Lori Keleher
    2. What is development? Eric Palmer
    3. Public goods and public spirit: reflections on and beyond Nussbaum's political emotions Des Gasper and Flavio Comim
    4. Expanding a constricted moral lens: LGBTI persons, human rights, and the capabilities approach Chloe Schwenke
    5. Peacebuilding, development assistance, ethics and agency Nigel Dower
    Part II. Agency:
    6. Expanding agency: conceptual, explanatory, and normative implications Christine M. Koggel
    7. 'Reason to value': process, opportunity, and perfectionism in the capability approach Serene J. Khader and Stacy J. Kosko
    8. The multidimensionality of empowerment: conceptual and empirical considerations Alejandra Boni, Jay Drydyk, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Aurora López-Fogués and Melanie Walker
    9. Agency, income inequality, and subjective well-being: the case of Uruguay Andrea Vigorito and Gonzalo Salas
    10. The legal status of whales and dolphins: from Bentham to the capabilities approach Rachel Nussbaum Wichert and Martha C. Nussbaum
    Part III. Democracy:
    11. On some limits and conflicts in participatory democracy Luis Camacho
    12. An agency-focused version of capability ethics and ethics of cordial reason: the search for a philosophical foundation for deliberative democracy Adela Cortina
    13. The double democratic deficit: global governance and future generations Frances Stewart
    14. Deliberative democracy and agency: linking transitional justice and development Colleen Murphy
    15. Consensus-building and its impact on policy: the National Agreement Forum in Peru Javier M. Iguíñiz Echeverría
    Part IV. Development Ethics, Agency, and Democracy: New Challenges and New Directions:
    16. From agency to perfectionist liberalism David A. Crocker
    17. Perfectionist liberalism and democracy David A. Crocker.

  • Editors

    Lori Keleher, New Mexico State University
    Lori Keleher is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is on the Executive Board of the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA). She is also on the Executive Council and a Fellow of the Human Development Capability Association (HDCA). She is the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Development Ethics (2018).

    Stacy J. Kosko, University of Maryland, College Park
    Stacy J. Kosko is Assistant Research Professor at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland, College Park. She has numerous articles and chapters in print on issues related to development ethics and human rights. She is on the Executive Board of the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA) and the Executive Council of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA).


    Lori Keleher, Stacy J. Kosko, Eric Palmer, Des Gasper, Flavio Comim, Chloe Schwenke, Nigel Dower, Christine M. Koggel, Serene J. Khader, Alejandra Boni, Jay Drydyk, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Aurora López-Fogués, Melanie Walker, Andrea Vigorito, Gonzalo Salas, Rachel Nussbaum Wichert, Martha C. Nussbaum, Luis Camacho, Adela Cortina, Frances Stewart, Colleen Murphy, Javier M. Iguíñiz Echeverría, David A. Crocker

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