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New Frontiers of the Capability Approach

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Flavio Comim, Shailaja Fennell, P. B. Anand, J. G. Meeks, Jonathan Warner, Mathias Nebel, Maria-Teresa Herrera-Nebel, Caroline Souza , Gabriel Goldmeier, Josh Platzky Miller, Razia Shariff, Morten Byskov, Enrica Chiappero, Paola Salardi, Francesco Scervini, Jaya Krishnakumar, Ricardo Nogales, Des Gasper, Mario Biggeri, Vicenzo Mauro, Macarena Orchard, Martina Yopo, Stephanie Schrage, Kristin Huber, Tadashi Hirai, Meera Tiwari, Paul Anand, Jaime Royo-Olid, Matthew Barac, Prachi Acharya, Robin Vos, Jérôme Ballet, Cristina Devecchi, Michael Watts, Helena Kiff, Caroline Hart
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  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from July 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108427807

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  • For over three decades, the capability approach proposed and developed by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum has had a distinct impact on development theories and approaches because it goes beyond an economic conception of development and engages with the normative aspects of development. This book explores the new frontiers of the capability approach and its links to human development in three main areas. First, it delves into the philosophical foundations of the approach, re-examining its links to concepts of common good, collective agency and epistemic diversity. Secondly, it addresses its 'operational frontier', aiming to give inclusive explanations of some of the most advanced methods available for capability researchers. Thirdly, it offers a wide range of the applications of this approach, as carried out by a mix of renowned capability scholars and researchers from different disciplines. This broad interdisciplinary range includes the areas of human and sustainable development, inequalities, labour markets, education, special needs, cities, urban planning, housing, social capital and happiness studies, among others.

    • Gives in-depth analyses of the capability approach and human development, whilst also incorporating the latest techniques, applications and issues in the field
    • Written in a disciplinary-inclusive language and style
    • Features discussions by leading figures in the field
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    'Because of its breadth and depth, this book does not explore just the frontiers of the Capability Approach but also the frontiers of social and economic studies in well-being, freedom and justice. Building bridges between disciplines and tackling diverse topical issues, it represents a real challenge to conventional perspectives on development and quality of life. It is also a great resource for scholars of the capability approaches, both for the fascinating reconstruction by Gay Meeks of the evolution of Amartya Sen's thought and for the other excellent chapters that push the boundaries of the framework.' Pasquale De Muro, Università degli Studi Roma Tre

    'The capabilities approach (CA), and its associated insistence on understanding poverty as a multidimensional phenomenon, is now an established field of scholarship and practice in international development. By simultaneously striving to fortify its theoretical foundations, methodological instruments and policy applications, those extending the pioneering contributions of CA's famous founders now preside over a sophisticated, mature and fruitful body of work. This volume amply showcases both the breadth and depth of these efforts, manifest in an array of countries and sectors.' Michael Woolcock, World Bank and Harvard University, Massachusetts

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    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108427807
    • length: 670 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.17kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from July 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Flavio Comim, Shailaja Fennell and P. B. Anand
    1. Key-note chapter: on Sen on the capability of capabilities: the story of a not-for-profit enterprise J. G. Meeks
    Part I. The Need for New Foundations:
    2. Capabilities and the common good Jonathan Warner
    3. Measuring the meta-capability of agency: theoretical basis for creating a responsibility indicator Mathias Nebel and Maria-Teresa Herrera-Nebel
    4. Equal liberty, reflective equilibrium and education: defending Rawls from Sen's criticisms Caroline Souza and Gabriel Goldmeier
    5. On epistemic diversity, ontologies and assumptions in capability approaches Josh Platzky Miller
    6. Collective agency capability: how capabilities can emerge in a social moment Razia Shariff
    Part II. The Operationalisation Frontier:
    7. Sen's capability approach, social choice theory and the use of rankings Flavio Comim
    8. Selecting capabilities for development: an evaluation of proposed methods Morten Byskov
    9. From resources to functioning: rethinking and measuring conversion rates Enrica Chiappero, Paola Salardi and Francesco Scervini
    10. Demystifying the use of simultaneous equation models for operationalising the capability approach Jaya Krishnakumar and Ricardo Nogales
    Part III. The Application Frontier:
    11. Human development in India – comparing Sen and his competitors Des Gasper
    12. Sustainable human development measurement issues: a new proposal Mario Biggeri and Vicenzo Mauro
    13. Inequality and capabilities: a multidimensional empirical exploration in Chile Macarena Orchard and Martina Yopo
    14. Living wages in international supply chains and the capability approach: towards a conceptual framework Stephanie Schrage and Kristin Huber
    15. For a happy human development Tadashi Hirai
    16. Capability of capabilities and aspirations of the middle classes in India Meera Tiwari
    17. The value individual and community social resources Paul Anand
    Part IV. The Housing and Urban Frontier:
    18. Tracking the transition from 'basic needs' to 'capabilities' for human-centred development: the role of housing in urban inclusion Shailaja Fennell, Jaime Royo-Olid and Matthew Barac
    19. Building regulations through the capability lens: for safer and inclusive built environment? Prachi Acharya
    20. Cities and the capability approach P. B. Anand
    Part V. The Education Frontier:
    21. Formal education, well-being and aspirations
    a capability based analysis on high school pupils from France Robin Vos and Jérôme Ballet
    22. Other people's adaptations: teaching children with special educational needs to adapt and to aspire Cristina Devecchi and Michael Watts
    23. Expanding children's capabilities at the writers' workshop Helena Kiff
    Education and 'the capability approach Caroline Hart.

  • Editors

    Flavio Comim, University of Cambridge
    Flavio Comim is an associate professor at the University Ramon Llull/IQS in Spain and an affiliated lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. He has been a consultant for UNESCO, UNEP, FAO, WHO and UNDP. He co-edited the books The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Applications (Cambridge, 2008), with Mozaffar Qizilbash and Sabina Alkire and Capabilities, Gender, Equality (Cambridge, 2014), with Martha Nussbaum.

    Shailaja Fennell, University of Cambridge
    Shailaja Fennell is Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her previous publications include Rules, Rubrics and Riches: The Interrelations between Legal Reform and International Development (2010) and Gender Education and Equality in a Global Context: Conceptual Frameworks and Policy Perspectives (ed with M. Arnot, 2008).

    P. B. Anand, University of Bradford
    P. B. Anand is Reader in Environmental Economics and Public Policy at the University of Bradford where he has been teaching since 1998. His previous works include his book Scarcity, Entitlements and the Economics of Water in Developing Countries (2007) and papers on applying the capability approach to issues related to access to water and sustainability.

    Contributors

    Flavio Comim, Shailaja Fennell, P. B. Anand, J. G. Meeks, Jonathan Warner, Mathias Nebel, Maria-Teresa Herrera-Nebel, Caroline Souza , Gabriel Goldmeier, Josh Platzky Miller, Razia Shariff, Morten Byskov, Enrica Chiappero, Paola Salardi, Francesco Scervini, Jaya Krishnakumar, Ricardo Nogales, Des Gasper, Mario Biggeri, Vicenzo Mauro, Macarena Orchard, Martina Yopo, Stephanie Schrage, Kristin Huber, Tadashi Hirai, Meera Tiwari, Paul Anand, Jaime Royo-Olid, Matthew Barac, Prachi Acharya, Robin Vos, Jérôme Ballet, Cristina Devecchi, Michael Watts, Helena Kiff, Caroline Hart

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