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Development as Freedomby Amartya Sen
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By the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics, an essential and paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development--for both rich and poor--in the twenty-first century.
Freedom, Sen argues, is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world's entire population. Releasing the idea of individual freedom from association with any particular historical, intellectual, political, or religious tradition, Sen clearly demonstrates its current applicability and possibilities. In the new global economy, where, despite unprecedented increases in overall opulence, the contemporary world denies elementary freedoms to vast numbers--perhaps even the majority of people--he concludes, it is still possible to practically and optimistically restain a sense of social accountability. Development as Freedom is essential reading.
From the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics comes an essential and paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development, for both rich and poor, in the 21st century.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -351) and index.
About the Author
Amarty Sen is Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1988, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science.
Table of Contents
The perspective of freedom — The ends and the means of development — Freedom and the foundations of justice — Poverty as capability deprivation — Markets, state and social opportunity — The importance of democracy — Famines and other crisis — Women's agency and social change — Population, food and freedom — Culture and human rights — Social choice and individual behavior — Individual freedom as a social commitment.
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