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Measuring inequality: autonomy - the degree of empowerment in decisions about one's own life

Burchardt, Tania, Evans, Martin and Holder, Holly (2010) Measuring inequality: autonomy - the degree of empowerment in decisions about one's own life. Government Equalities Office, London, UK.

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Abstract

As part of the development of the Equality Measurement Framework, we commissioned research on "Measuring Inequality: Autonomy - The degree of empowerment in decisions about one's own life". This research report develops survey questions to capture and measure individuals' autonomy: the degree of choice and control they have in key areas of their lives. Review of the theoretical literature led to the identification of three components of autonomy: (i) self-reflection, (ii) active or delegated decision-making, and (iii) a wide variety of high-quality options. The report develops a template of questions for the three components, which has been cognitively tested. This project found that, despite limitations, survey measurement of the complex concept of autonomy is possible and revealing.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/equalities
Additional Information: © 2010 Crown Copyright
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: 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: 18 May 2012 09:40
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43755/

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