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Andreoni, Antonio, Chang, Ha-Joon and Estevez, Isabel (2021) 'The Missing Dimensions of the Human Capabilities Approach: Collective and Productive.' The European Journal of Development Research, 33. pp. 179-205.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Human capabilities approach, Collective capabilities, Productive capabilities, Development policy, MDGS, SDGS
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISSN: 09578811
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article/chapter accepted for publication in The European Journal of Development Research, 33. pp. 179-205 (2021), published by Springer Nature. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 19:27

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