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A capability-approach perspective on Levelling Up

Abreu, Maria, Comim, Flavio and Jones, Calvin ORCID: 2022. A capability-approach perspective on Levelling Up. [Online]. SocArXiv. Available at:

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We provide an introduction to the capability approach and the concept of comprehensive outcomes, and show how it can be useful as a framework for regional development policies. We highlight the role of real opportunities (capabilities) in allowing individuals to achieve the things that they consider valuable in their lives, and the role of agency and process in achieving those outcomes, providing a contrast to other approaches which focus on resources (GDP, productivity, income) or desire fulfilment (utility, subjective wellbeing). We identify practical steps for policymakers wanting to incorporate the capability approach, either partially or fully, into the regional policy process.

Item Type: Website Content
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: SocArXiv
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 11:50

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