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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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A framework for urban integration: the case of Buenos Aires

A framework for urban integration: the case of Buenos Aires

(p.111) Six A framework for urban integration: the case of Buenos Aires
Capability-Promoting Policies

Séverine Deneulin

Eduardo Lépore

Ann Mitchell

Ana Lourdes Suárez

Policy Press

This chapter examines how the capability approach is being integrated into the policies and priorities of the local government of the federal city of Buenos Aires in Argentina. It first considers three specific insights of the capability approach that are particularly relevant for urban integration policies: multidimensional and multisectoral perspective on policy; an institutionally integrated vision of wellbeing; and agency focus. It then explores each of these insights in the context of urban inequality reduction policies in Buenos Aires. In particular, it analyses the dynamic interaction between youth employment and education in informal settlements, and territorial characteristics; the role of civil society organisations in the dynamics of capability expansion in informal settlements; and the role of culture and religion in promoting agency and capability expansion. The chapter concludes with a summary of some of the features of ‘capability-promoting policy’ in the fragmented and unequal context of the Latin American city.

Keywords:   capability approach, Buenos Aires, urban integration, wellbeing, agency, urban inequality, informal settlements, civil society organisations, religion, capability

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