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Social justice and public policySeeking fairness in diverse societies$
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Gary Craig, Tania Burchardt, and David Gordon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349347

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349347.001.0001

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Monitoring inequality: putting the capability approach to work

Monitoring inequality: putting the capability approach to work

(p.205) Ten Monitoring inequality: putting the capability approach to work
Social justice and public policy

Burchardt Tania

Policy Press

This chapter assumes a basic degree of familiarity with the capability approach; it does not try to establish or defend its credentials as compared to other accounts of social justice or equality. It demonstrates the methodological, definitional, and theoretical challenges that emerge from applying the capability approach to a certain policy context. It then analyses the definition of equality that is adopted by the Equalities Review, and includes a section on the justification and specification of a list of central and valuable capabilities. The relationship of process and opportunity freedoms, the limitations of the available tools to detect inequalities, and the reflections on the application of the capability approach are discussed in the final sections of the chapter.

Keywords:   capability approach, theoretical challenges, Equalities Review, inequalities, social justice, opportunity

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