Capabilities, well-being and human development: A survey
Economists have moved away from thinking of development in terms of growth of per capita GNP. The most influential alternative conception of development - due to Amartya Sen - involves judging the quality of life in terms of capabilities and viewing development as a 'capability expansion'. This article argues that Sen's approach is an inadequate account of development. It is further argued that other versions of the approach - involving the work of Nussbaum and Frankfurt - also fail. The most promising foundation for an account of human development derives from James Griffin's recent writings on well-being.
Volume (Year): 33 (1996)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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