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Relational Capability: An Indicator of Collective Empowerment

Gaël Giraud () and Cécile Renouard ()
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Cécile Renouard: ESSEC Business School, Postal: Avenue Bernard Hirsch - BP 50105, 95021 CERGY PONTOISE Cedex, FRANCE,

No DR 09012, ESSEC Working Papers from ESSEC Research Center, ESSEC Business School

Abstract: We define a new index for the collective empowerment of populations based on the capability of actors to have relationships and to enter into networks. This index, called “relational capability” (RC), is dynamic in the sense that the weights of its various components vary across time according to how close the population is to some poverty threshold. It relies on a shift of anthropological viewpoint, putting human relationships at the forefront. RC, which can be formalized in gametheoretic terms of networks, paves the way towards the solution of a number of unsolved issues: Reconciling autonomy and interdependence; unifying the aggregation of individual characteristics with the collective level; questioning unjust institutions and political structures within Sen’s and Nussbaum’s framework of capabilities.

Keywords: Empowerment; Escaping Poverty Index; Index; Relational Capability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I30 I31 I32 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2009-12
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