Ethics of Global Development: Agency, Capability, and Deliberative Democracy

Ethics of Global Development: Agency, Capability, and Deliberative Democracy

by David A. Crocker
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Cambridge University Press

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Ethics of Global Development: Agency, Capability, and Deliberative Democracy

Poverty, inequality, violence, environmental degradation, and tyranny continue to afflict the world. Ethics of Global Development offers a moral reflection on the ends and means of local, national, and global efforts to overcome these five scourges. After emphasizing the role of ethics in development studies, policy-making, and practice, David A. Crocker analyzes and evaluates Amartya Sen's philosophy of development in relation to alternative ethical outlooks. He argues that Sen's turn to robust ideals of human agency and democracy improves on both Sen's earlier emphasis on 'capabilities and functionings' and Martha Nussbaum's version of the capability orientation. This agency-focused capability approach is then extended and strengthened by applying it to the challenges of consumerism and hunger, the development responsibilities of affluent individuals and nations, and the dilemmas of globalization. Throughout the book the author argues for the importance of more inclusive and deliberative democratic institutions.

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ISBN-13: 9780521117388
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/13/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; Part I. Development Ethics: 2. Agreements, controversies and challenges; 3. Ethics and development theory-practice; Part II. The Capability Approach: Ethical Foundations: 4. Critique of alternatives; 5. Agency, functioning and capability; 6. Evaluating capabilities an functionings; Part III. Strengthening and Applying the Capability Approach: 7. Agency, responsibility and consumption; 8. Hunger, capability and agency-oriented development; Part IV. Deliberative Democracy, Participation and Globalization: 9. The capability approach and deliberative democracy; 10. Deliberative participation and local development; 11. Development ethics, democracy and globalization; Index of names; Index of subjects.

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