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‘Operationalizing’ the capability approach as a basis for equality and human rights monitoring in twenty‐first‐century Britain

Burchardt, Tania and Vizard, Polly (2011) ‘Operationalizing’ the capability approach as a basis for equality and human rights monitoring in twenty‐first‐century Britain. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 12 (1). pp. 91-119. ISSN 1945-2829

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Abstract

This article examines a new capability‐based measurement framework that has been developed as a basis for equality and human rights monitoring in twenty‐first‐century Britain. We explore the conceptual foundations of the framework and demonstrate its practical application for the purposes of monitoring equality (in terms of the distribution of substantive freedoms and opportunities among individuals and groups) and human rights (in terms of the achievement of substantive freedoms and opportunities below a minimum threshold) in England, Scotland and Wales. The article challenges the sceptical position by suggesting that ‘operationalizing’ the capability approach is both ‘feasible’ and ‘workable’. A new two‐stage procedure for deriving a capability list is proposed. This combines human rights and deliberative consultation and strikes a balance, we contend, between internationally recognized human rights standards and principles on the one hand, and direct deliberation/participation on the other, in the development and agreement of capability lists.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cjhd20
Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 11:32
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41584/

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