A critical note on the role of the capability approach for sustainability economics

Binder, Martin and Witt, Ulrich (2012) A critical note on the role of the capability approach for sustainability economics. Journal of Socio-Economics, 41 (5). pp. 721-725. ISSN 10535357

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Abstract

Can sustainability economics profit from the fusion with Amartya Sen's capability approach, thereby gaining solid normative foundations and wider applicability? We argue that this fusion is mistaken to the extent that the capability approach is essentially a static normative framework while sustainability economics demands a systematic long-term view with focus on wide-ranging societal change. These demands are best realized by taking an evolutionary perspective that focuses on the evolution and development of societies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Capability approach; Sustainability economics; Preference evolution; Behavioural economics
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
Depositing User: Martin Binder
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 15:53
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 15:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40786
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