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Capability-Promoting Policies: Enhancing Individual and Social Development

Hans-Uwe Otto, Melanie Walker, and Holger Ziegler


Most current social welfare policies aim to ameliorate immediate problems or injustices, but they do little to foster human development or support the potential of people within marginalized communities. How can we more effectively use public policy to foster human development? How can we overcome the injustice of contemporary society and give people across the social and class spectrum equal opportunities to flourish? This book offers case studies and analyses of a number of different existing approaches to these questions, presenting newly conceptualised strategies for developing and impleme ... More

Keywords: social welfare, human development, public policy, injustices, social policy, capability approach

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447334316
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans-Uwe Otto, editor
Bielefeld University

Melanie Walker, editor
University of the Free State

Holger Ziegler, editor
Bielefeld University

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One Human development, capabilities and the ethics of policy

Hans-Uwe Otto, Melanie Walker and Holger Ziegler

Part 1: Conceptual challenges

Five The contribution to human development of social policies in the Central American Integration System

Guillermo Bornemann-Martínez, Pedro Caldentey and Emilio J. Morales-Fernández

Part 2: Modalities of structure and civil society

Six A framework for urban integration: the case of Buenos Aires

Séverine Deneulin, Eduardo Lépore, Ann Mitchell and Ana Lourdes Suárez

Eight The third sector and capability-promoting policies

Giuseppe Acconcia, Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti and Paolo R. Graziano

Part 3: Children, youth and education


Sixteen What is to be done about capability-promoting policies?

Hans-Uwe Otto, Melanie Walker and Holger Ziegler

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