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Wellbeing/ Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-Examined

Author: Ingrid Robeyns
Subject: Social Sciences
Source: Open Textbook Library
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
ISBN: 9781783744237
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How do we evaluate ambiguous concepts such as wellbeing/ freedom/ and social justice? How do we develop policies that offer everyone the best chance to achieve what they want from life? The capability approach/ a theoretical framework pioneered by the philosopher and economist Amartya Sen in the 1980s/ has become an increasingly influential way to think about these issues. Wellbeing/ Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-Examined is both an introduction to the capability approach and a thorough evaluation of the challenges and disputes that have engrossed the scholars who have developed it. Ingrid Robeyns offers her own illuminating and rigorously interdisciplinary interpretation/ arguing that by appreciating the distinction between the general capability approach and more specific capability theories or applications we can create a powerful and flexible tool for use in a variety of academic disciplines and fields of policymaking. This book provides an original and comprehensive account that will appeal to scholars of the capability approach/ new readers looking for an interdisciplinary introduction/ and those interested in theories of justice/ human rights/ basic needs/ and the human development approach.

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