16 Search Results for: "Amartya Sen"

The Causes of Poverty (18): Amartya Sen, Famines, and Democracy

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causes of poverty / democracy / equality / horror / trade

(source, photo by Mary Lee/Harvard News Office) Famines are easy to prevent if there is a serious effort to do so, and a democratic government, facing elections and criticisms from opposition parties and independent newspapers, cannot help but make such an effort. Not surprisingly, while India continued to have famines under British rule right up to independence … they disappeared suddenly with the establishment of a multiparty democracy and a free press. … a free […]

Why Do We Need Human Rights? (43): Positionality and Transpositionality

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philosophy / why do we need human rights

(source) Human beings are inescapably positional. We understand the world from the position in which we are. In the words of Amartya Sen, what we observe and how we observe it depends on our position vis-à-vis the object we observe. ”Object” can also be person, an idea etc., and “position” can mean your physical location – if you see a horse from behind you may think it’s a donkey – but also your mood (you […]

Measuring Poverty (16): The Capabilities Approach and the Unstraightening of the Poverty Line

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economics / measuring poverty / poverty / statistics

(source) We usually define poverty as a level of income or financial assets below a certain “poverty line”. This poverty line is set, often implicitly, at a level that is supposed to make the difference between decent survival and a life unworthy of human beings. The line is typically a single line, identical across all individuals – or even across nations. The best example is the $1 a day line. This is a single, universal line, […]

Top 20 Most-Read Posts of 2011

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The Causes of Poverty (48): Overpopulation

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(source) It looks like we’re about to have another large famine, and so – right on cue – we’re hearing the familiar chorus of overpopulation. Equally predictable, I promised myself that this will be the last time that I drag my feet towards yet another rebuke of the Malthusians whose visions of the human flood always seem to cloud their perception of the facts. The world’s population is estimated to continue its current growth path […]