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An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency
An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency by Deneulin, Severine 184407806X 9781844078066
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An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency by Deneulin, Severine

Since 1990, the United Nations Development Programme has been publishing Human Development Reports, at the global, regional, national and local level. The message of these reports is simple: development is about giving people opportunities to live a life they value, and about enabling people to be actors of their own destiny. The message is based on the works of economist and Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen and his capability approach. The approach has had considerable significance in both academic and policy circles. Aimed at both social science undergraduate and post-graduate students and development practitioners, this textbook offers an introduction to the human development and capability approach. It clarifies its central concepts and fosters critical debate on key issues. The book covers an extensive range of topics in which the approach offers an alternative perspective. These include the conceptualization and measurement of well-being and inequality, the role of markets and economic growth in promoting development, the importance of democracy and public debate and the connections between social and economic policy in addressing poverty and inequality. Case studies from across the world are used to illustrate concepts and highlight the relevance of the human development and capability approach for addressing todays development challenges. A set of questions accompanies each chapter for seminar discussion to help readers better assimilate key points and apply the approach in diverse realities. This book provides the only comprehensive introduction to the human development and capability approach for students and practitioners world-wide.

Author: Deneulin, Severine

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 376

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 2009-08-28

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