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Title: A balanced view of development as freedom
Authors: Tungodden, Bertil
Keywords: Human development
Freedom
Poverty
Gender
Democracy
Amartya Sen
JEL classification: A13, B41, D60, D63, D70, I30, O10
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Chr. Michelsen Institute
Series/Report no.: CMI Working paper
WP 2001: 14
Abstract: Amartya Sen, in his most recent book Development as Freedom, argues that expansion of human freedom should both be viewed as the primary end and the principle means of development. This paper provides an overview and a critical scrutiny of the Senian perspective from the point of view of an economist. First, I discuss to what extent Sen’s normative theory of development justifies a particular focus on inequality and poverty. Second, I look at Sen’s perspective on democratic reasoning as the constructive vehicle for valuational exercises, and in particular how this perspective fits with the recent human development framework of UNDP. Third, I discuss the relevance of markets within the freedom approach, and fourth I review some of the most important empirical interconnections between different freedoms studied by Sen.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10202/217
ISBN: 82-90584-99-7
ISSN: 0804-3639
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