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Social Inclusion and Social Leverage Foundations: A Theoretical Review


  • Reyes Giovanni E.

    (Universidad del Rosario,Bogotá, Colombia)

  • Govers Mark
  • Ruwaard Dirk

    (Department of Health Services Research, Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI), Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University,Maastricht, The Netherlands)


The main aim of this research is to present a theoretical review regarding the theory of social inclusion and social leverage. In this research, four fundamental and complementary approaches are taken into account: (i) the theory of growing capacities and increasing opportunities as essential aspects of Amartya Sen's theory of human development; (ii) the perspective and factors of the current process of globalization; (iii) Douglass North's neoinstitutionalist approach to social and political conditions; and (iv) foundations of the legitimacy theory from Jürgen Habermas. These considerations made possible a more comprehensive consideration that goes beyond the strictly economic elements, to complement the standpoint with other elements, including those of public policy analysis.

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  • Reyes Giovanni E. & Govers Mark & Ruwaard Dirk, 2018. "Social Inclusion and Social Leverage Foundations: A Theoretical Review," Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Sciendo, vol. 9(6), pages 19-28, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:vrs:mjsosc:v:9:y:2018:i:6:p:19-28:n:2

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