New Textbook Launched: An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach

OPHI has supported the development of a new textbook aimed at students in the social sciences and development practitioners.
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An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach
Freedom and Agency

Edited by Séverine Deneulin with Lila Shahani

‘This book is essential reading for all those who wish to understand the human development and capability approach to development. It both explains and advances thought on this important and increasingly influential perspective.’ Frances Stewart, President, Human Development and Capability Association

Since 1990, the message in the UNDP’s Human Development Reports has been clear: development is about giving people the opportunities to live lives they value, and about enabling them to become actors in their own destinies. This approach, the ‘capability approach’ of economist and Nobel Prize laureate Amartya Sen, is now widely adopted by development practitioners.

Aimed at students and development practitioners, this textbook provides an introduction to Amartya Sen’s human development and capability approach. It also clarifies key concepts and fosters debate on a number of critical issues. The book offers new perspectives on a wide range of topics, which include the conceptualisation and measurement of well-being and inequality; the role of markets and economic growth in promoting development; the importance of democracy and public debate; culture and religion; health; equality and justice; and the connections between social and economic policy in addressing poverty and inequality.

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  • Published August 2009
  • RRP £24.95 Discount price: £19.99
  • Paperback 9781844078066
  • 336 pages • 234 x 156mm