Capabilities and the Process of Development
Sen's concept of capabilities is rooted in welfare theory. For the development economist it has immediate, if somewhat lenuous, appeal on counts. First, the concept provides an ethical basis for evaluating development from the stand point of people and their larger lives. Second, on the more strategic plane, it alerts us to the possibility of an ends and means dichotomy in the pursuit of economic development. [Working Paper No. 275]
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