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Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen
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Jan 04, 2011

it was amazing
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The recurring theme of this book is encapsulated in its title: namely, that development is about expanding human freedoms. These include but are not limited to increased GDP per capita. Hence, social and economic arrangements (education and healthcare), political and civil rights, technological progress and social modernisation are all equally important. By focusing on the end goal (freedom), one does not get trapped in a quest for part of the prize, or a focus on means to an end.

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