The Idea of Justice and the Capability Approach

Alkire, Sabina (2009). "The Idea of Justice and the Capability Approach" Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

Sen's masterful new treatise, the Idea of Justice, devotes several chapters to the capability approach. This paper will synthesize the key elements of the capability approach that are advanced in The Idea of Justice. It will distill, for readers not yet familiar with the book, how the capability approach fits within theframework for public reasoning and social choice that Sen advances. And finally it will propose key directions for future research, particularly for research in welfare economics.
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