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Applying the capability approach to policy-making: The impact assessment of the EU-proposal on organ donation

  • Canoy, Marcel
  • Lerais, Frédéric
  • Schokkaert, Erik

We show that the capability approach can greatly facilitate ex ante policy evaluations, in particular those that are geared towards multiple goals. It enables a structured discussion on policy benefits, distributional issues, freedom and ethics. We illustrate our general ideas with a real-world application: the impact assessment of an EU-proposal on organ donation.

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Volume (Year): 39 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 391-399

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