Problem- and policy-analysis for human development: Sen in the light of Dewey, Myrdal, Streeten, Stretton and Haq
AbstractMuch of Amartya Sens work has been directly policy-related, but hismethodology of policy analysis has not been explained in detail. Action-relatedsocial science involves value-imbued procedures that guide the numerousunavoidable choices. This theme was explored earlier by authors close to Sensmilieu such as Streeten and Stretton, and by forerunners including Dewey andMyrdal. Assisted by Jean DrÃ¨ze, Sen has evolved a form of policy analysisguided by humanist values rather than those of mainstream economics.1) A wider range of values employed inhow do and can people live? 2) Conceptualinvestigation of the wider range of values. 3) Use of the wider range of valuesto guide choice of topics and boundaries of analysis. 4) Hence a focus onhuman realities, not on an arbitrary slice of reality selected according tocommercial significance and convenience for measurement. 5) Use of thewider range of values to guide other decisions in analysis; thus a focus on thesocio-economic significance of results. 6) A matching focus on a wide range ofpotential policy means. The paper characterizes Sens policy analysismethodology, its roots in earlier work, and its relations to the UNDP HumanDevelopment approach and kindred approaches.
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policy analysis; human development; capability approach; entitlements approach;
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