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Development as freedom

Author: Amartya Kumar Sen
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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The main purpose of development is to spread freedom and its thousand charms to the unfree citizens. The author 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 freedom and remain imprisoned in one way or another by economic poverty, social deprivation, political  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amartya Kumar Sen
ISBN: 9780192893307 0192893300
OCLC Number: 978360593
Notes: The author is winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, 1998.
Incluye índice de nombres y materias.
Description: XVI, 366 p. : il. ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction: Development as freedom --
1. The perspective of fredom --
2. The ends and the means of development --
3. Freedom and the foundations of justice --
4. Povertyas capability deprivation --
5. Markets, states, and social opportunity --
6. The importane of democracy --
7. Famines and other crises --
8. Women's agency a nd social change --
9. Population, food and freedom --
10. Culture and human rights --
11. Social Choice and Individual Behavior --
12. Individual freedom as a social commitment.
Responsibility: Amartya Sen.

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The main purpose of development is to spread freedom and its thousand charms to the unfree citizens. The author 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 freedom and remain imprisoned in one way or another by economic poverty, social deprivation, political tyranny or cultural authoritarianism. 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.

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