B5R50215 - Equity, Poverty and Development - Cours magistral


Following the impetus given by Nobel Prize Amartya Sen and his extensive work on justice and development, international organizations have endeavored to adopt a multidimensional approach to poverty and development, instead of using income as the sole measure. This approach has largely influenced public policy design for the last 20 years, and more particularly participatory development programs, such as Community Driven Development or decentralization movements. Following an extensive critical thinking about the use of the utilitarian framework, Sen advocated an approach based on individual capabilities, whose scope outreached the economic arena and that became influential in the analysis of institutions and in the public debate. The implementations of the capability approach have been diverse, yet we will look into the ones that have stressed the non-material aspects of poverty and that have advocated the inclusion of empowering objectives in the design of anti-poverty policies. At the end of this course, students will be acquainted with the capability approach and we will have conducted a critical assessment of participatory development programs. This course will also give students an opportunity to collectively reflect on the use that is made of the economic framework and principles in the development practice and analysis of poverty


Chapter 1 : What is Equity ? 

Chapter 2 : Ethics and Economics – Sen’s Criticism of Welfarism

Chapter 3 : Empowerment

Chapter 4 : Local Development Policies 


“Development as Freedom”, Amartya Sen • “On ethics and economics”, Amartya Sen • “The Idea of Justice”, Amartya Sen • “Inequality reexamined”, Amartya Sen • “Equity and Development” World Development Report 2006 • “Well-being, Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-examined”, Ingrid Robyens, Open Book Publishers • “The Capability Approach in Practice”, Ingrid Robeyns, The Journal of Political Philosophy: Volume 14, Number 3, 2006, pp. 351–376 • “Localizing Development : does participation work?”, Ghazala Mansuri and Vijayendra Rao , World Bank Policy Research Report • “Measuring Empowerment: cross disciplinary perspectives” Deepa Naryan (editor), World Bank • “Empowerment and Poverty Reduction: A sourcebook” Deepa Naryan (editor), World Bank

Informations sur l'espace de cours

Nom Archive année 2020-2021 Equity, Poverty and Development
Nom abrégé UP1-C-ELP-B5R50215-02
Groupes utilisateurs inscrits Consultation des ressources, participation aux activités :
  • [2020] EES - Matière (M2-S2) : Equity, Poverty and Development (groups-matiB5R50215-2020)
Consultation des ressources uniquement : aucune cohorte inscrite.

Rattachements à l'offre de formation

Élément pédagogique UP1-C-ELP-B5R50215 - Equity, Poverty and Development
Chemin complet > Année 2021-2022 > Paris 1 > École d'économie de la Sorbonne > Master 2 Indifférencié Economie du développement durable > Semestre 4 > UE1 cours de spécialisation > Equity, Poverty and Development