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Single Idea 21014

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 1. Social Justice]

Full Idea

A prominent idea, common in the U.S., sees rights as barriers against interfering state action. ...The Capabilities Approach, by contrast, insists that all entitlements involve an affirmative task for government, to actively support capabilities.

Gist of Idea

Rights are not just barriers against state interference; governments must affirm capabilities of citizens


Martha Nussbaum (Creating Capabilities [2011], 3)

A Reaction

This makes her approach very left wing, by U.S. standards, because it needs higher taxation and a degree of government paternalism. Her approach strikes me as an excellent agenda for a fairly interventionist European liberal party.

Book Reference

Nussbaum,Martha C.: 'Creating Capabilities' [Belknap Harvard 2013], p.65