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Indicators of Freedom

Ian Carter

in A Measure of Freedom

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294535
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598951 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294530.003.0011
 Indicators of Freedom

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A distinction should be made between the theoretical possibility of measuring freedom and the practical possibility of doing so. Most of this book has been concerned with the theoretical possibility of measuring freedom. Given the various practical difficulties involved in quantifying available action, some empirical indicators need to be found. Nevertheless, the search for such indicators without a theoretical understanding of that which they are intended to indicate is difficult. One possibility is to be found in a combination of an exchange-value metric (derived from the necessary relation between the possession of freedom and the de facto possession of resources) and a metric of broadly defined political freedom-types.

Keywords: exchange-value; freedom; freedom-types; indicators; measuring freedom; metric; resources

Chapter.  9131 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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