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Arguments for A Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen

Kaushik Basu Ravi Kanbur



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Oxford University Press
18 December 2008
Social & political philosophy; Economic theory & philosophy; Development economics; Welfare economics
Amartya Sen has made deep and lasting contributions to the academic disciplines of economics, philosophy, and the social sciences more broadly. He has engaged in policy dialogue and public debate, advancing the cause of a human development focused policy agenda, and a tolerant and democratic polity. This argumentative Indian has made the case for the poorest of the poor, and for plurality in cultural perspective. It is not surprising that he has won the highest awards, ranging from the Nobel Prize in Economics to the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor. This public recognition has gone hand in hand with the affection and admiration that Amartya's friends and students hold for him. This volume of essays, written in honor of his 75th birthday by his students and peers, covers the range of contributions that Sen has made to knowledge. They are written by some of the world's leading economists, philosophers and social scientists, and address topics such as ethics, welfare economics, poverty, gender, human development, society and politics.Contributors include: Bina Agarwal, Isher Ahluwalia, Montek S Ahluwalia, Ingela Alger, Sabina Alkire, Paul Anand, Sudhir Anand, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Muhammad Asali, Department of Economics, A. B. Atkinson, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Pranab Bardhan, Lourdes Benería, Francois Bourguignon, Sugata Bose, Walter Bossert, John Broome, Satya R. Chakravarty, Lincoln C. Chen, Martha Alter Chen, Kanchan Chopra, Rajat Deb, Simon Dietz, Bhaskar Dutta, James E. Foster, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Wulf Gaertner, Indranil K. Ghosh, Jonathan Glover, Peter Hammond, Christopher Handy, Christopher Harris, Cameron Hepburn, Jane Humphries, Rizwanul Islam, Satish K. Jain, Ayesha Jalal, Mary Kaldor, Sunil Khilnani, Stephan Klasen, Jocelyn Kynch, Isaac Levi, Oliver Linton, Enrica Chiappero Martinetti, Kirsty McNay, Martha C. Nussbaum, Siddiqur R. Osmani, Elinor Ostrom, Prasanta K. Pattanaik, Edmund S. Phelps, Mozaffar Qizilbash, Gustav Ranis, Martin Ravallion, Sanjay G. Reddy, Kevin Roberts, Ingrid Robeyns, Maurice Salles, Emma Samman, Cristina Santos, Thomas. M. Scanlon, Arjun Sengupta, Tae Kun Seo, Anthony Shorrocks, Ronald Smith, Rehman Sobhan, Robert M. Solow, Nicholas Stern, Frances Stewart, Joseph E. Stiglitz, S. Subramanian, Kotaro Suzumura, Alain Trannoy, Ashutosh Varshney, Sujata Visaria, Guanghua Wan, Jörgen W. Weibull, John A. Weymark, and Yongsheng Xu.
Edited by:   Kaushik Basu, Ravi Kanbur
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 261mm,  Width: 181mm,  Spine: 73mm
Weight:   2.446kg
ISBN:   9780199239993
ISBN 10:   0199239991
Pages:   1312
Publication Date:   18 December 2008
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
VOLUME I: ETHICS, WELFARE AND MEASUREMENT ; ETHICS, NORMATIVE ECONOMICS AND WELFARE ; 1. Why economics needs ethical theory ; 2. The Sen System of Social Evaluation ; 3. The Good Life and the Good Economy: The Humanist Perspective of Aristotle, the Pragmatists and Vitalists, and the Economic Justice of John Rawls ; 4. The Adaptation Problem, Evolution and Normative Economics ; 5. Rights and Interests ; 6. Elements of a Theory of the Right to Development ; AGENCY, AGGREGATION AND SOCIAL CHOICE ; 7. Rational Choice on General Domains ; 8. Some Remarks on the Ranking of Infinite Utility Streams ; 9. Individual Choices in a Non-Consequentialist Framework: A Procedural Approach ; 10. The Method of Majority Decision and Rationality Conditions ; 11. Convexity and Separability in Representing Consensus ; 12. Rights, Individual Preferences, and Collective Rationality ; 13. Irrelevant Alternatives ; 14. Limited Rights and Social Choice Rules ; 15. Dominance Criteria for Critical-Level Generalized Utilitarianism ; POVERTY, CAPABILITIES AND MEASUREMENT ; 16. The Measurement of Capabilities ; 17. On UltraPoverty ; 18. Multidimensional Poverty Orderings: Theory and Applications ; 19. External Capabilities ; 20. On the Welfarist Rationale for Relative Poverty Lines ; 21. Justice as Fairness and the Capability Approach ; 22. Ungrouping Income Distributions: Synthesising Samples for Inequality and Poverty Analysis ; 23. A Practical Proposal for Simplifying the Measurement of Income Poverty ; IDENTITY, COLLECTIVE ACTION AND PUBLIC ECONOMICS ; 24. Concepts and Measures of Agency ; 25. Sen's Identities ; 26. Welfare Economics and Giving for Development ; 27. Justice, Equity and Sharing the Cost of a Public Project ; 28. Isolation, Assurance and Rules: Can Rational Folly Supplant Foolish Rationality? ; 29. Simple Formulae for Optimal Income Taxation and the Measurement of Inequality: An Essay in Honor of Amartya Sen ; VOLUME II: SOCIETY, INSTITUTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT ; HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND CAPABILITIES ; 1. Inter-Country Comparisons of Income Poverty Based on a Capability Approach ; 2. The Capability Approach and Political Economy of Human Development ; 3. India-China: The Art of Prolonging Life ; 4. Sustainable Human Well-being: An Interpretation of Capability Enhancement from a 'Stakeholders and Systems' Perspective ; 5. Human Rights and Human Development ; 6. Entitlements and Capabilities: Young People in Post-industrial Wales ; 7. Country Patterns of Behavior on Broader Dimensions of Human Development ; 8. Poverty and Famines: An Extension ; GENDER AND HOUSEHOLD ; 9. Engaging with Sen on Gender Relations: Cooperative Conflicts, False Perceptions and Relative Capabilities ; 10. Family Ties, Incentives and Development: A Model of Coerced Altruism ; 11. From Harmony to Cooperative Conflicts Amartya Sen's Contribution to Household Theory ; 12. Famine, Widowhood, and Paid Work: Seeking Gender Justice in South Asia ; 13. Time and Income: Empirical Evidence on Gender Poverty and Inequalities from a Capability Perspective ; 14. Death and Gender in Victorian England ; 15. Missing Women: Some Recent Controversies on Levels and Trends in Gender Bias in Mortality ; GROWTH, POVERTY AND POLICY ; 16. Challenges of Economic Development in Punjab ; 17. Growth, Distribution and Inclusiveness: Reflections on India's Experience ; 18. Economic Reforms, Poverty and Inequality in China and India ; 19. Economics, Ethics and Climate Change ; 20. Has Development and Employment through Labour Intensive Industrialization Become History? ; 21. Imposed Environmental Standards and International Trade ; SOCIETY, POLITICS AND HISTORY ; 22. Pondering Poverty, Fighting Famines: Towards a New History of Economic Ideas ; 23. Identity, Violence and the Power of Illusion ; 24. Freedom and Equality: From Iqbal's Philosophy to Sen's Ethical Concerns ; 25. Protective Security or Protection Rackets? War and Sovereignty ; 26. Democracy and its Indian Past ; 27. The Clash Within: Democracy and the Hindu Right ; 28. Engaging Impossibilities and Possibilities ; 29. Agents into Principals: Democratizing Development in South Asia

Kaushik Basu is Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies, Department of Economics, and Director, Center for Analytic Economics, Cornell University. He has held visiting positions at CORE (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), and the London School of Economics, where he was Distinguished Visitor in 1993. He has been Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Princeton University, and M.I.T. In 1992 he founded the Centre for Development Economics in Delhi and was its first Executive Director. He is also a founding member of the Madras School of Economics. A Fellow of the Econometric Society and a recipient of the Mahalanobis Memorial Memorial Award for contributions to economics, Kaushik Basu has published widely in the areas of Development Economics, Industrial Organization, Game Theory and Welfare Economics.

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