The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Applications

The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Applications

by Flavio Comim
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521154529

ISBN-13: 9780521154529

Pub. Date: 06/24/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521154529
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/24/2010
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
634
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     viii
List of tables     ix
List of contributors     xii
List of acronyms     xiv
Acknowledgements     xvi
Introduction   Sabina Alkire   Mozaffar Qizilbash   Flavio Comim     1
Using the capability approach: prospective and evaluative analyses   Sabina Alkire     26
Concepts     51
Amartya Sen's capability view: insightful sketch or distorted picture?   Mozaffar Qizilbash     53
Sen's capability approach and feminist concerns   Ingrid Robeyns     82
Beyond individual freedom and agency: structures of living together in the capability approach   Severine Deneulin     105
Does identity matter? On the relevance of identity and interaction for capabilities   Miriam Teschl   Laurent Derobert     125
Measuring capabilities   Flavio Comim     157
Measures     201
Do concepts matter? An empirical investigation of the differences between a capability and a monetary assessment of poverty   Caterina Ruggeri Laderchi     203
Social exclusion in the EU: a capability-based approach   Fotis Papadopoulos   Panos Tsakloglou     242
Complexity andvagueness in the capability approach: strengths or weaknesses?   Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti     268
Operationalising Sen's capability approach: the influence of the selected technique   Sara Lelli     310
Operationalizing capabilities in a segmented society: the role of institutions   Kanchan Chopra   Anantha Kumar Duraiappah     362
Applications     383
Democracy, decentralisation and access to basic services: an elaboration on Sen's capability approach   Santosh Mehrotra     385
Reinforcing households' capabilities as a way to reduce vulnerability and prevent poverty in equitable terms   Jean-Luc Dubois   Sophie Rousseau     421
Capabilities over the lifecourse: at what age does poverty damage most?   Shahin Yaqub     437
Social policy and the ability to appear in public without shame: Some lessons from a food relief programme in Kinshasa   Tom De Herdt     458
The capability approach and gendered education: some issues of operationalisation in the context of the HIV/AIDs epidemic in South Africa   Elaine Unterhalter     489
Women and poverty in Mozambique: is there a gender bias in capabilities, employment conditions and living standards?   Pier Giorgio Ardeni   Antonio Andracchio     510
From the quantity to the quality of employment: an application of the capability approach to the Chilean labour market   Kirsten Sehnbruch     561
Index     597

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