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The capabilities approach and critical social policy: lessons from the majority world?

By Mick Carpenter

Abstract

The capabilities approach (CA) most closely associated with the thinner and thicker versions of Sen and Nussbaum has the potential to provide a paradigm shift for critical social policy, encompassing but also transcending some of the limitations associated with the Marshallian social citizenship approach. The article argues, however, that it cannot simply be imported from the majority world, rather there is a need to bear in mind the critical literature that developed around it. This is generally discussed and then critically applied to case studies of CA in the developed capitalist world, particularly the Equalities Review conducted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Topics: HV, HM
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:2520

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