Monitoring inequality: putting the capability approach to work

Burchardt Tania

in Social justice and public policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349347
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303404 | DOI:
Monitoring inequality: putting the capability approach to work

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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

Chapter.  9306 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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