The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Applications

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Flavio Comim, Mozaffar Qizilbash, Sabina Alkire
Cambridge University Press, Apr 24, 2008 - Business & Economics
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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.
 

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Contents

prospective and evaluative analyses
26
Concepts
51
insightful sketch or distorted picture?
53
Sens capability approach and feminist concerns
82
structures of living together in the capability approach
105
Does identity matter? On the relevance of identity and interaction for capabilities
125
Measuring capabilities
157
Measures
201
the role of institutions
362
Applications
383
an elaboration on Sens capability approach
385
Reinforcing households capabilities as a way to reduce vulnerability and prevent poverty in equitable terms
421
at what age does poverty damage most?
437
Some lessons from a food relief programme in Kinshasa
458
some issues of operationalisation in the context of the HIVAIDs epidemic in South Africa
489
is there a gender bias in capabilities employment conditions and living standards?
510

Do concepts matter? An empirical investigation of the differences between a capability and a monetary assessment of poverty
203
a capabilitybased approach
242
strengths or weaknesses?
268
the influence of the selected technique
310
an application of the capability approach to the Chilean labour market
561
Index
597
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Page 54 - A measure of government (which is but a particular kind of action, performed by a particular person or persons) may be said to be conformable to or dictated by the principle of utility, when in like manner the tendency which it has to augment the happiness of the community is greater than any which it has to diminish it.
Page 57 - ... in the case of women a hothouse and stove cultivation has always been carried on of some of the capabilities of their nature for the benefit and pleasure of their masters.
Page 46 - Poetic justice, with her lifted scale, Where, in nice balance, truth with gold she weighs, And solid pudding against empty praise.

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