Development as Freedom

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OUP Oxford, Jan 18, 2001 - 366 pages
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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 by economic 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 enhancing individual 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 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-being and freedom.
 

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This is a treatise on the importance of individual freedom, both as an end in itself and as the best means of economic development. It is based on a series of lectures Sen gave in 1996-7, which netted ... Read full review

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This was the first book I bought after returning home from two years overseas in 2004. It has traveled with us until now. It's probably best that I didn't read it until recently since I have a much ... Read full review

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Contents

The Perspective of Freedom
13
The ends and the Means of Development
35
Freedom and the Foundations of Justice
54
Poverty as Capability Deprivation
87
Markets States and Social Opportunity
111
The Importance of Democracy
146
Famines and Other Crises
160
Womens Agency and Social Change
189
Population Food and Freedom
204
IO Culture and Human Rights 227
227
Social Choice and Individual Behavior
249
Individual Freedom as a Social
282
Notes
299
53
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About the author (2001)

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 atCalcutta, Delhi, Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, and Harvard.

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