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Capability-Promoting PoliciesEnhancing Individual and Social Development$
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Hans-Uwe Otto, Melanie Walker, and Holger Ziegler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334316

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.001.0001

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Human development, capabilities and the ethics of policy

Human development, capabilities and the ethics of policy

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(p.3) One Human development, capabilities and the ethics of policy
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Capability-Promoting Policies
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Hans-Uwe Otto

Melanie Walker

Holger Ziegler

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.003.0001

This book examines policy interventions driven or influenced by human development or human security concerns and how a capability approach can be implemented to achieve more just societies and foster equal opportunities for individuals and groups across the social and class spectrum. It also analyses the discrepancies and obstacles that actual policies present to what a capability approach could mean in social policy practice. The primary goal of the capability approach is to advance democracy at the community, local and national level in ways that promote genuine possibilities for agency to enable everyone to actively participate in shaping public policy. The book considers how the capability approach has been conceptualised and operationalised into practice in different parts of the world, including India, Buenos Aires, South Africa, England and New York City.

Keywords:   human development, capability approach, social policy, agency, public policy, just societies, equal opportunities, human security, democracy

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