On the Capabilities approach, Acquirement problem, and Oppression

Weekly reflections as I study urban policy in Asia

Based on the reading(s):

Nussbaum, M. (2003). Capabilities as fundamental entitlements: Sen and social justice. Feminist economics, 9(2-3), 33-59.

Young, I. M. (1990). Five faces of oppression. Justice and the politics of difference (pp. 39–65).

Sen, A., Eicher, C. K., & Staatz, J. M. (1998). Food, economics, and entitlements. International agricultural development., (Ed. 3), 240-256.


While setting and pursuing development goals, how do we care for the marginalised?

This was a long but fascinating read. My apologies, this entry might be slightly disorienting, as I try to make sense of Nussbaum’s observations and propositions, while tying in ideas from Sen’s and Young’s works.

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Trade Policy & Global Value Chains – An Overview

In less than a week, Lin Kai and I worked on and presented a response to the class discussion question:

How has trade policy changed from the late 20th Century to the early 21st Century?

In my opinion, our slide deck gives a succinct overview of how technological advancements have changed the way trade is conceived of and conducted, often through Global Value Chains. Such changes have given rise to new policy concerns, to which policymakers have begun responding with innovations in both trade-related policies and the process of policymaking.

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