Development as Freedom

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 25, 2011 - Business & Economics - 384 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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In his first book since winning the 1998 Nobel Prize for Economics, Sen (Trinity Coll., Cambridge) presents a decent summary of his thought. Advancing development as a method for expanding economic ... Read full review

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Merges philosophy, ethics, justice and moral with the rather drab subject of economics which makes it so fascinating. Many in the western world will surely find this boring because it actually targets their conscience - as colonists of the old and recent times they have violated freedom of half the globe. They have never even seen poverty and its facets. Notwithstanding failures of the South in addressing inequality, it still remains heavily controlled by a hegemonic, neoliberal, market and capital based world where the rights of the poor are the easiest to squash.  

Contents

The Perspective of Freedom
13
The Ends and the Means of Development
35
Freedom and the Foundations ofjustice
55
Poverty as Capability Deprivation
87
Markets State and Social Opportunity
111
The Importance of Democracy
146
Famines and Other Crises
153
Women s Agency and Social Change
189
Population Food and Freedom
204
Culture and Human Rights
227
Social Choice and Individual Behavior
249
Individual Freedom as a Social
282
Notes
299
Index by Name
353
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Amartya Sen is the master of Trinity College, Cambridge and the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Science. He lives in Cambridge, England.


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