Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Review of Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach by Martha C. Nussbaum

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Genre = Economic Development

Elaborate Description

This book tries to expand on how we evaluate countries. Rather than just a single number, like GDP, the Capabilities Approaches takes into account more factors which impact everyday life. Economies are dynamic, this book has done a good job at looking at more than just a few indicators for explaining an economies strength and weaknesses. An entire chapter was dedicated to other approaches and where they fail in a country evaluation. As the author does credit other evaluations, a confirmation bias is created by simplifying the other approaches and not discussing major limitations of the Capabilities Approach. For example, utilitarianism ask for what works best and creates the most happiness, simplifying that to make it seem wrong actually weakens the capabilities approach for if the capabilities approach does provide the greatest happiness than it is also a utilitarian approach. Through out the majority of the book, the author defends the Capabilities Approach leaving very little room for explaining them. Not such a difficult book to read.

Book Details

Edition ISBN: 9780674072350
Pages to read:   205
Publication:     2013
1st Edition:      2011
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability     4
Content           4
Overall           4