Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - 340 Seiten
Friendship, knowledge of foreign groups, the ability to purchase milk and shoes, the scent of summer roses: of what interest is this type of information to economists? Sabina Alkire shows how Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen's capability approach can be coherently---and practically---put to work in poverty reduction activities. Sen argues that economic development should expand 'valuable' freedoms. Alkire probes how we identify what is valuable.Foundational issues are addressed critically---dimensions of development, practical reason, culture, basic needs---drawing on Thomist authors who give central place to authentic participation. A participatory procedure for identifying capability change is then developed. Case studies of three Oxfamactivities in Pakistan---goat-rearing, female literacy, and rose cultivation---illustrate this novel approach. Valuing Freedoms will be of considerable interest to economists, philosophers, development practitioners, and theologians, as well as to followers of Sen's work.
 

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Capability and Valuation Overview of the problem
1
Sens capability approach
3
Criticisms
4
The need for a framework
13
Finniss approach
15
Terms and structure
18
Conclusion
22
PART I
23
PART II
195
Three Case Studies
250
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43
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Poverty and Human Development 1 Identifying valuable capabilities
25
Nussbaums approach
32
The practical reasoning approach
43
Other accounts of dimensions
59
Range Information and Process Multidimensionality and evaluation Ethical rationality in poverty reduction Sens informational pluralism
94
Sens principle pluralism
102
Finniss principle pluralism
105
Ethical rationality reconsidered
113
Operational considerations
115
Participation and Culture Introduction
125
means ends debate and identity
129
Subsidiarity
143
External assistance
144
Conclusion
152
Basic Needs and Basic Capabilities
180

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Sabina Alkire is currently a researcher with the Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University. Previously she has worked for the Commission on Human Security, coordinated the culture-poverty learning and research initiative at the World Bank, and developed participatory impact assessmentmethodologies with Oxfam and the Asia Foundation in Pakistan.

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