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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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

This is a treatise on the importance of individual freedom, both as an end in itself and as the best means of economic development. It is based on a series of lectures Sen gave in 1996-7, which netted ... Read full review

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This was the first book I bought after returning home from two years overseas in 2004. It has traveled with us until now. It's probably best that I didn't read it until recently since I have a much ... Read full review

Contents

Freedom
13
The Ends and the Means of Development
35
Freedom and the Foundations of Justice
54
Poverty as Capability Deprivation
89
Markets State and Social Opportunity
113
The Importance of Democracy
146
Famines and Other Crises
153
Womens 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
300
Index by Name
361
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Amartya Sen is currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He is also a senior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, a distinguished fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an honorary fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he previously served as Master. In 1988, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science.

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