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Capabilities in a just society, a theory of navigational agency, Rutger Claassen.

Capabilities in a just society, a theory of navigational agency, Rutger Claassen.
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non fiction
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Capabilities in a just society
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Rutger Claassen.
Sub title
a theory of navigational agency
What sort of entitlements should citizens have in a just society? In this book, Rutger Claassen sets out a theory of what he terms 'navigational agency', whereby citizens should be able to navigate freely between social practices. This shows how individuals can be at the same time free and autonomous in striving for their own goals in life, but also embedded in social practices in which they have to cooperate with others. He argues that for navigational agency, people need three sets of core capabilities: those which allow human empowerment in civil society, a decent level of socio-economic subsistence, and political participation in democratic decision-making procedures. The idea of navigational agency, the book argues, provides an alternative to currently dominant versions of the capability approach to social justice, and strengthens its liberal foundations
Table Of Contents
Liberalism : combining perfectionism and neutrality -- An agency-based capability theory of justice -- Justifying the right to navigational agency -- The distribution of capabilities -- Empowerment capabilities and civil freedom -- Subsistence capabilities and socio-economic justice -- Political capabilities and democracy
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