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Creating capabilities

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First broadcast:
Wednesday 27 July 2011

Development of a country is conventionally measured by GDP, but that can mask a growing inequality in that nation and makes no reference to freedoms, rights or education. The philosopher Martha Nussbaum outlines her 'human capabilities' approach which she has developed with the Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen. She tells Laurie that her index can be applied around the world and across all cultures as an index which measures how populations are flourishing or flailing.
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Martha Nussbaum

    Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago Law School

    Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach
    Publisher: Harvard University Press
    ISBN-10: 0674050541
    ISBN-13: 978-0674050549

    Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    ISBN-10: 0691140642
    ISBN-13: 978-0691140643

    Find out more about Martha Nussbaum


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