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Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction

Sabina Alkire


The author examines how Amartya Sen's capability approach can be coherently—and practically—put to work in participatory poverty reduction activities so that the voices and values of the poor matter. Sen argues that economic development should expand ‘valuable’ capabilities; the author probes how what is valuable can be identified. Sen deliberately left the capability approach ‘incomplete’ in order to ensure its relevance to persons and cultures with different understandings of the good. The book has an introductory chapter, followed by 2 parts, and a brief appendix that looks at some of Sen's ... More

Keywords: Amartya Sen, basic needs, capability analysis, capability approach, case studies, cost‐benefit analysis, cultural dimensions, economic development, human development, income generation, informed consent, micro‐project evaluation, Pakistan, participation, participatory methods, participatory projects, poverty, poverty reduction, religious dimensions, social dimensions, valuable capabilities, valuable dimensions, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245796
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199245797.001.0001


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Sabina Alkire, author
World Bank
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