Development as freedom

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Anchor Books, 1999 - Business & Economics - 366 pages
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By the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics,  an essential and  paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development--for both rich and poor--in the twenty-first century.

Freedom, Sen argues, is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world's entire population. Releasing the idea of individual freedom from association with any particular historical, intellectual, political, or religious tradition, Sen clearly demonstrates its current applicability and possibilities. In the new global economy, where, despite unprecedented increases in overall opulence, the contemporary world denies elementary freedoms to vast numbers--perhaps even the majority of people--he concludes, it is still possible to practically and optimistically restain a sense of social accountability. Development as Freedom is essential reading.

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User Review  - Bjørn Peterson - Goodreads

Refreshing and insightful if a bit enthralled with market forces. Certainly a more human accounting for economics than most. Sen is a talented writer and makes accessible rather difficult concepts. I highly recommend it. Read full review

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User Review  - Godfrey Mangenje - Goodreads

The cliche notion of development being about the growth of aggregate income has proven to be mistake when considering the ends of economic development. Sen put's forward an argument that will make you ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Amarty Sen is Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1988, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science.