Development as Freedom by Amartya SenDevelopment as Freedom by Amartya Sen

Development as Freedom

byAmartya Sen

Paperback | January 18, 2001

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In Development as Freedom Amartya Sen explains how in a world of unprecedented increase in overall opulence millions of people living in the Third World are still unfree. Even if they are not technically slaves, they are denied elementary freedoms and remain imprisoned in one way or another byeconomic poverty, social deprivation, political tyranny or cultural authoritarianism. The main purpose of development is to spread freedom and its 'thousand charms' to the unfree citizens. Freedom, Sen persuasively argues, is at once the ultimate goal of social and economic arrangements and the most efficient means of realizing general welfare. Social institutions like markets, political parties, legislatures, the judiciary, and the media contribute to development by enhancingindividual freedom and are in turn sustained by social values. Values, institutions, development, and freedom are all closely interrelated, and Sen links them together in an elegant analytical framework. By asking 'What is the relation between our collective economic wealth and our individualability to live as we would like?' and by incorporating individual freedom as a social commitment into his analysis Sen allows economics once again, as it did in the time of Adam Smith, to address the social basis of individual well-being and freedom.
Amartya Sen is the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Science. He has been President of the Indian Economic Association, the American Economic Association, the International Economic Association and the Econometric Society. He has taught at Calcutta, Delhi, Oxford, Cambridge, the Lo...
Title:Development as FreedomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.83 inPublished:January 18, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Development as Freedom1. The Perspective of Freedom2. The Ends and the Means of Development3. Freedom and the Foundations of Justice4. Poverty as Capability Deprivation5. Markets, States, and Social Opportunity6. The Importance of Democracy7. Famines and Other Crises8. Women's Agency and Social Change9. Population, Food and Freedom10. Culture and Human Rights11. Social Choice and Individual Behaviour12. Individual Freedom as a Social Commitment

Editorial Reviews

` Amartya Sen has made several key contributions to research on fundamental problems in welfare economics. By combining tools from economics and philosophy, he has restored an ethical dimension to the discussion of vital economic problems.'From the Royal Swedish Academy Announcement of the Award of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Science.