The Capability Approach: a theoretical survey

@article{Robeyns2005TheCA,
  title={The Capability Approach: a theoretical survey},
  author={Ingrid Robeyns},
  journal={Journal of Human Development},
  year={2005},
  volume={6},
  pages={117 - 93}
}
  • I. Robeyns
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Economics
  • Journal of Human Development
This paper aims to present a theoretical survey of the capability approach in an interdisciplinary and accessible way. It focuses on the main conceptual and theoretical aspects of the capability approach, as developed by Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, and others. The capability approach is a broad normative framework for the evaluation and assessment of individual well‐being and social arrangements, the design of policies, and proposals about social change in society. Its main characteristics… 
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