Development as Freedom

  • Filename: development-as-freedom.
  • ISBN: 0192893300
  • Release Date: 2001-01-18
  • Number of pages: 366
  • Author: Amartya Sen
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

Amartya Sen is the most respected and well-known economist of his time. This book is a synthesis of his thought, viewing economic development as a means to extending freedoms rather than an end in itself. By widening his outlook to include poverty, tyranny, lack of opportunity, individual rights, and political structures, Professor Sen gives a stimulating and enlightening overview of the development process. His compassionate yet rigorous analysis will appeal to all those interested in the fate of the developing world, from general reader to specialist.

Development as Freedom

  • Filename: development-as-freedom.
  • ISBN: 9780198297581
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 366
  • Author: Amartya Sen
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In Development as Freedom Amartya Sen quotes the eighteenth century poet William Cowper on freedom: Freedom has a thousand charms to show, That slaves howe'er contented, never know. Sen explains how in a world of unprecedented increase in overall opulence, millions of people living in rich and poor countries are still unfree. Even if they are not technically slaves, they are denied elementary freedom and remain imprisoned in one way or another by economic poverty, socialdeprivation, 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 enhancing individual freedom and are in turnsustained 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 individual ability 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-beingand freedom.

Development as Freedom

  • Filename: development-as-freedom.
  • ISBN: 9780307874290
  • Release Date: 2011-05-25
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Amartya Sen
  • Publisher: Anchor

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.

Development as Freedom in a Digital Age

  • Filename: development-as-freedom-in-a-digital-age.
  • ISBN: 9781464804212
  • Release Date: 2015-04-10
  • Number of pages: 516
  • Author: Björn Sören Gigler
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications

The knowledge of how to use information technology is a critical human capability for a person to realize the various things he/she values doing or being in all dimensions of his/her life. At the center of this process is a person s ability to access, process and act upon information facilitated through the use of new technologies.

Development as Freedom

  • Filename: development-as-freedom.
  • ISBN: 9783640945177
  • Release Date: 2011-06-28
  • Number of pages: 20
  • Author: Henning Müller
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag

Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject Economics - Economic Cycle and Growth, grade: 1,0, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, language: English, abstract: About 2500 years ago the brilliant Greek philosopher Aristotle surveyed in his Nicomachean Ethics the ends to which our conduct should be directed. He concluded with deep insight that “wealth is obviously not the good we seek, for the sole purpose it serves is to provide the means of getting something else [emphasis added]” (Aristotle, 1975, p. 31). Until recent times, economists struggle for a commonly accepted primary “end” as an overall policy goal. The ideas range from income and wealth maximization (often expressed in the per capita GNP) over “the pursuit of happiness” as an “unalienable right” in the US Declaration of Independence of 1776 to well-known measures of “something else” such as the Gross National Happiness in Bhutan (cf. DiTella and MacCulloch, 2008). Another, indeed very famous, proposal originates from the work of Amartya Sen. He suggests to define freedom as the primary goal for societies and to measure the achievements in the space of feasible functionings, the so-called capability set. In this paper I seek to present Sen’s theoretical conception of development as freedom and to provide both the background for tracing the process of origin as well as some exemplary applications to give an idea of the impact of his vision on economic problems. I will focus on the theoretical structure of his conception and will not go into details regarding empirical and historical data that can easily be found in standard literature on development economics. The theoretical background to Sen’s approach, however, is not that intensively discussed and so my aim is to contribute to the understanding of the theoretical structure of his idea. In the beginning, I will give a brief overview of development as a general conception in economics. Therefore, I will go into areas, goals and a sample of measurements of development. In the second and central section of this paper I will analyze Sen’s idea of development as freedom from a theoretical perspective. In doing so, I will picture the derivation of his idea from welfare economics and then scrutinize different aspects of freedoms in Sen’s thinking that are crucial for a deep understanding of the deductions emanating from his approach. Finally, I will point out three exemplary applications of the conception of development as freedom on important economic problems, namely markets, poverty and democracy.

Development as Freedom

  • Filename: development-as-freedom.
  • ISBN: 9783640734771
  • Release Date: 2010-10-25
  • Number of pages: 8
  • Author: Anna Praz
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag

Essay from the year 2010 in the subject Politics - Methods, Research, grade: A, Humboldt-University of Berlin, course: International Political Economy, language: English, abstract: When the term development is considered, it is difficult to have a clear dimension to address, as this term illustrates a complex human process, rich in linkages and interrelations, which has been erroneously simplified in the course of time, by various single explanatory variables. Nevertheless, in order to restrict the domain, it might be useful to find a definition of it. The term underdevelopment, strictly related to its positive derivate, was defined by J. de Largentaye as a “weak degree of resource exploitation” 1, resources that can be natural, economic and human. For the author, the main dynamic was to find in the economic development, which is the increase in the amount of people nation's population with sustained growth, from a simple low-income economy, to a modern high-income economy, with the ultimate goal of improving the economic, political, and social well-being of its people2.

In Our Own Best Interest

  • Filename: in-our-own-best-interest.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015050703076
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 235
  • Author: William F. Schulz
  • Publisher:

In honor of the group's fortieth anniversary, the director of Amnesty International offers a compelling argument for defending human rights around the world, pointing out the practical benefits to nations who already protect the rights of their own people.


  • Filename: india.
  • ISBN: 0199257493
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Author: Jean Drèze
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

This book explores the role of public action in eliminating deprivation and expanding human freedoms in India. The analysis is based on a broad and integrated view of development, which focuses on well-being and freedom rather than the standard indicators of economic growth. The authors place human agency at the centre of stage, and stress the complementary roles of different institutions (economic, social, and political) in enhancing effective freedoms. In comparative international perspective, the Indian economy has done reasonably well in the period following the economic reforms initiated in the early nineties. However, relatively high aggregate economic growth coexists with the persistence of endemic deprivation and deep social failures. Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen relate this imbalance to the continued neglect, in the post-reform period, of public involvement in crucial fields such as basic education, health care, social security, environmental protection, gender equity, and civil rights, and also to the imposition of new burdens such as the accelerated expansion of military expenditure. Further, the authors link these distortions of public priorities with deep-seated inequalities of social influence and political power. The book discusses the possibility of addressing these biases through more active democratic practice.

Identity and Violence

  • Filename: identity-and-violence.
  • ISBN: 0141027800
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 215
  • Author: Amartya Sen
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India

Sen argues in his new book that conflict and violence are sustained today, no less than the past, by the illusion of a unique identity. Indeed, the world is increasingly taken to be divided between religions (or 'cultures' or 'civilizations'), ignoring the relevance of other ways in which people see themselves through class, gender, profession, language, literature, science, music, morals or politics, and denying the real possibilities of reasoned choices. In Identity and Violencehe overturns such stereotypes as the 'the monolithic Middle East' or 'the Western Mind'. Through his penetrating investigation of such subjects as multiculturalism, fundamentalism, terrorism and globalization, he brings out the need for a clear-headed understanding of human freedom and a constructive public voice in Global civil society. The world, Sen shows, can be made to move towards peace as firmly as it has recently spiralled towards war.

Models of Democracy

  • Filename: models-of-democracy.
  • ISBN: 0804754721
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 338
  • Author: David Held
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press

Models of Democracy provides a critical reassessment of major theories of democracy from ancient Greece to the present, along with the author's own prescription for revitalizing contemporary democratic politics.

On Ethics and Economics

  • Filename: on-ethics-and-economics.
  • ISBN: 0631164014
  • Release Date: 1991-01-08
  • Number of pages: 148
  • Author: Amartya Sen
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

In this elegant critique, Amartya Sen argues that welfare economics can be enriched by paying more explicit attention to ethics, and that modern ethical studies can also benefit from a closer contact with economies. He argues further that even predictive and descriptive economics can be helped by making more room for welfare-economic considerations in the explanation of behaviour.

The Idea of Justice

  • Filename: the-idea-of-justice.
  • ISBN: 0674036131
  • Release Date: 2009-09-30
  • Number of pages: 467
  • Author: Amartya Sen
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

Presents an analysis of what justice is, the transcendental theory of justice and its drawbacks, and a persuasive argument for a comparative perspective on justice that can guide us in the choice between alternatives.

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