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A Capability centred approach to environmental sustainability: Is productive employment the missing link between micro-and macro polices?

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  • Enrique Delamonica

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    (UNICEF)

  • Santosh Mehrotra

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    (UNDP)

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    The emphasis on growth has led to an under-emphasis of the micro-impacts of macro-economic policies. Whether growth reduces income-poverty is crucially dependent on its impact on employment. This paper addresses the question: what kind of productive employment can an economy generate that fulfils three objectives: one, personal fulfilment; two, value added; and three, restores the organic link between humans and nature. Growth policies that do not fulfil these criteria fail the test for human capability enhancement with environmental sustainability. Policies which recognize a dual synergy framework like the paper proposes, and which have been demonstrated to fulfil these objectives are described and discussed for specific countries/sectors. A paper for a book: Sustainable Human Development and the Capability Approach, to be edited by Enrica Chiappero Martinetti (Department of Economics, University of Pavia, Italy) & Anantha K. Duraiappah (International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada).

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    Paper provided by International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in its series Working Papers with number 13.

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    Length: 27
    Date of creation: Apr 2006
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    Publication status: Published by UNDP - International Poverty Centre, April 2006, pages 1-27
    Handle: RePEc:ipc:wpaper:13

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    1. Haagh, Louise, 2011. "Working Life, Well-Being and Welfare Reform: Motivation and Institutions Revisited," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 450-473, March.

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