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The contributions of Professor Amartya Sen in the field of human rights

Vizard, Polly (2005) The contributions of Professor Amartya Sen in the field of human rights. CASEpaper, 91. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

his paper analyses the work of the Nobel Prize winning economist Professor Amartya Sen from the perspective of human rights. It assesses the ways in which Sen’s research agenda has deepened and expanded human rights discourse in the disciplines of ethics and economics, and examines how his work has promoted cross-fertilisation and integration on this subject across traditional disciplinary divides. The paper suggests that Sen’s development of a ‘scholarly bridge’ between human rights and economics is an important and innovative contribution that has methodological as well as substantive importance and that provides a prototype and stimuli for future research. It also establishes that the idea of fundamental freedoms and human rights is itself an important gateway into understanding the nature, scope and significance of Sen’s research. The paper concludes with a brief assessment of the challenges to be addressed in taking Sen’s contributions in the field of human rights forward.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/case
Additional Information: © 2005 Polly Vizard
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A12 - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I39 - Other
A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A13 - Relation of Economics to Social Values
K - Law and Economics > K3 - Other Substantive Areas of Law > K39 - Other
B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology > B3 - History of Thought: Individuals > B31 - Individuals
D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 91
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2008 12:46
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/6273/

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