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No Small Hope: The Basic Goods Imperative

Kenneth Reinert ()

Review of Social Economy, 2011, vol. 69, issue 1, 55-76

Abstract: This paper argues in favor of a basic goods approach to outcomes assessment in development policy analysis. It contrasts the basic goods approach with the utility-of-consumption and capabilities approaches and argues, on a number of grounds, that it is a more relevant and appropriate framework. The dimensions of the basic goods approach analyzed include a common, minimalist character, sense of justice, subjectivist-objectivist considerations, the human condition, relationship to policy space, and the theoretical and empirical role of basic needs. Taken as a whole, these perspectives suggest that the basic goods approach offers key advantages not found in the two relevant alternatives.

Keywords: basic goods; capabilities; ethics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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