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Freedoms, institutions and sustainable human development according to Sen’s capability approach


  • Marco GRASSO

    (Universita' degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)

  • Stefano PAREGLIO

    (Universita' Cattolica di Brescia)


The aim of this paper is to outline the role of instrumental freedoms and institutions in the achievement of sustainable human development, doing so according to the perspective of Sen’s capability approach. Each area of sustainability can be represented by a set of driving forces, response variables and state variables. State variables denote constitutive freedoms, the achieved functionings chosen from the capability set. Their variations are produced by driving force variables. The latter are, in their turn, influenced by response variables triggered by institutions and instrumental freedoms. We map a selected set of variables related to the environmental dimension in order to show how instrumental freedoms and institutions influence sustainable human development.

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  • Marco GRASSO & Stefano PAREGLIO, 2006. "Freedoms, institutions and sustainable human development according to Sen’s capability approach," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 114(3), pages 417-432.
  • Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2006:v:114:i:3:p:417-432

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    CAPABILITIES; freedoms; institutions; sustainable human development;

    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being


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