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Development, Common Foes and Shared Values

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  • Mozaffar Qizilbash

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There is considerable common ground among various positions--involving needs, capabilities, prudential values and basic goods--in the literature about advantage and development. The well-known debate about the relative merits of various spaces relating to advantage, associated with Amartya Sen, has tended to obscure this point. Differences among the relevant positions often have to do with the context in which they are developed, or strategies involved in dealing with common foes, rather than any fundamental divergence in values. The various lists of the components of advantage that these positions offer can, to some degree, be seen as relating to different levels in our concern about the quality of life. To this degree, they can be reconciled, and Sen's capability approach simply highlights an important level. Furthermore, both differences, as well as convergence, in the various lists, may be consistent with shared values.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Review of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 14 (2002)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 463-480

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  1. Martin Binder & Alex Coad, 2010. "Disentangling the Circularity in Sen's Capability Approach – An Analysis of the Co-Evolution of Functioning Achievement and Resources," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2010-04, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  2. Martin Binder & Tom Broekel, 2009. "Applying a Nonparametric Efficiency Analysis to Measure Conversion Efficiency in Great Britain," Jena Economic Research Papers 2009-100, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.
  3. Sabina Alkire and Angus Ritchie, 2007. "Winning Ideas: Lessons from Free-market Economics," OPHI Working Papers ophiwp007, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.
  4. Martin Binder & Alex Coad, 2011. "Disentangling the Circularity in Sen’s Capability Approach: An Analysis of the Co-Evolution of Functioning Achievement and Resources," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 103(3), pages 327-355, September.
  5. David Clark, 2005. "Sen's capability approach and the many spaces of human well-being," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(8), pages 1339-1368.
  6. Martin Binder, 2013. "Subjective Well-being Capabilities: Bridging the Gap between the Capability Approach and Subjective Well-Being Research," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2013-02, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.

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