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Measuring respect for the right to personal development

Amilcar Moreira

in The activation dilemma

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420466
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420466.003.0005
Measuring respect for the right to personal development

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This chapter aims to measure the respect for the recipient's right to personal development in the schemes under analysis. As seen earlier, this normative approach states that every individual has a right to exploit his or her talents, which can be exercised while performing a social function in society, such as paid employment, unpaid work in social economy organisations or providing care to dependent family members, or improving his/her human capital through education or training. In order to secure this right, social institutions and actors must: 1) meet the individual's basic consumption needs; 2) provide the individual with opportunities to exploit his or her talents; 3) eliminate direct and indirect constraints on the individual's choices in the best way to exploit his or her talents; and 4) enforce through the use of restitutive sanctions the individual's obligation to develop his or her talents so as to enable the personal development of others. In the next sections of the chapter, the institutional features that mirror this normative approach are examined and explored. The chapter concludes by combining these various schemes into an index of respect of the right to personal development.

Keywords: respect; recipient's right; personal development; normative approach

Chapter.  7854 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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