Bussi, Margherita (2011). "Rephrasing employability: the contribution of the Capability Approach to the Transitional Labour Markets Approach" Paper presented at the 8th annual conference of the HDCA, 6-8 September 2011, the Hague, the Netherlands.

The article analyses the potential links between the Capability Approach (henceforth CA) and the Transitional Labour Markets (henceforth TLM) perspective on the basis of the belief that the two approaches can, in combination, provide new perspectives on the normative foundations and the processes, as well as the outcomes, of active labour market policies (ALMPs), especially for socially disadvantaged young people in transition from school to work. The structure of the contribution is the following: an introduction on employability for disadvantaged young people followed by a second part which briefly presents TLM and the CA and their main normative and operational concepts as these were conceived by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum in the case of the latter and by Günther Schmid and Bernard Gazier in the case of the former; a third part explores the contributions of TLM and CA to the concept of employability and reformulates the concept of employability in capability terms within the analysis of transitions; a fifth part introduces the definition of active and passive empowerment as the operationalization of responsibility. Finally, the last part considers the main features of the conceptualisation.