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The Missing Dimensions of the Human Capabilities Approach: Collective and Productive

Antonio Andreoni (), Ha-Joon Chang and Isabel Estevez
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Antonio Andreoni: Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London
Ha-Joon Chang: University of Cambridge
Isabel Estevez: University of Cambridge

The European Journal of Development Research, 2021, vol. 33, issue 2, No 2, 179-205

Abstract: Abstract In this paper we identify two missing dimensions of the Human Capabilities Approach (HCA)—the collective and the productive—and in doing so we advance a ‘productionist’ perspective on development, centred around the idea of ‘collective productive capabilities’. Bringing production back to the core of the development agenda calls for an integration of the HCA and those contributions which have focused their attention on the social, economic and institutional processes of learning, centred around productive organisations and systems. The lack of this focus on collective productive capabilities undermined the Millenium Development Goals Agenda and is still having negative impacts on the ways in which the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda is understood and implemented.

Keywords: Human capabilities approach; Collective capabilities; Productive capabilities; Development policy; MDGS; SDGS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1057/s41287-020-00356-y

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