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By Severine Deneulin, Mathias Nebel, Nicholas Sagovsky

The "capability process" of improvement economist Amartya Sen, who bought the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998, poses an enormous problem to the dominant paradigm of neo-classical economics. in keeping with Sen, human healthiness doesn't depend upon the intake of commodities yet at the freedoms people have cause to settle on and price. the aptitude procedure has usually been criticised for an absence of consciousness to the ways that unjust social, political and financial buildings limit human functions. The individuals to this quantity soak up this feedback in a few methods, either theoretical and sensible. The theoretical dialogue engages with the concept of Sen himself and with the hermeneutical culture represented through Paul Ricoeur. the sensible dialogue involves 5 case reviews studying the effectiveness of the aptitude procedure in facing instances of structural injustice. those disguise: racism in South Africa; entry to labour markets in Europe; participation in larger schooling within the united kingdom; poverty and welfare reforms within the US; and biotechnology patents. How successfully, ask all of the members, can Sen’s power process be deployed within the transformation of unjust structures?

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Namely, situating the evaluation space of well-being in terms of the capabilities that people have reason to choose and value does not make a normative judgement on the contents of the reasons that people have when choosing and valuing certain capabilities. In response to the critique that the capability approach fails to include a 32 SÉVERINE DENEULIN normative assessment of the reasons why people value certain capabilities, one could say that the capability approach insists on the role of public debate to distinguish the reasons that are valuable from those that are not.

32 This is illustrated by the high percentage of the government budget directly under the personal control of the President. During the 1986-1996 period, the President allocated 50 per cent of the total government budget without being accountable to anyone. 33 There is little understanding of democracy as an instrument to build dialogue and accountability between the government and its people, and even less of an understanding of democracy as the means through which the basic needs of the population can be provided.

Living well is its telos. 22 Indeed, the absence of a consensus about the predicate good is tainted by uncertainty, but this does not mean that the freedom to decide about what is lacking in a human life has the last word in policy-making, and that public policies should not be oriented towards a telos. The international community has recently adopted such a telos for their actions by adopting the “Millennium Development Goals”. These represent the most complete international agreement to date as to what development policies, both at the national and international level, ought to pursue so that no human life is left with 34 SÉVERINE DENEULIN unnecessary harms or lacks.

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