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The Creation of the Human Development Approach

Authors: Hirai, Tadashi

  • Offers unprecedented historical and institutional context to understanding the human development approach
  • Revives critical discussions around the evolution and value of the now-popular human development index (HDI)
  • Presents pointed policy suggestions for how the human development approach can overcome its current challenges
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This book examines the main reasons and challenges for the success of the human development approach both in theory and practice as an alternative to the economic growth model. Unlike the preceding research which has typically been either theoretical/prescriptive or empirical/descriptive, it follows a pragmatic historical and institutional methodology, since human development cannot be understood without considering the complexities added centrally by the formation process in the UNDP. Referring to the capability approach, it also addresses how to best reflect happiness within this paradigm.

About the authors

Tadashi Hirai is Project Researcher in the University of Tokyo, Japan, and a supervisor specializing in the human development approach and the human development index at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Reviews

“A most careful examination of the human development and capability paradigm—its origins, evolution and potential for the future, much still unrealised. Hirai’s penetrating analysis reveals details often overlooked while probing the implications for policy in the future and further work. This is an important contribution, ideal for university students and all who want a clearly written explanation but not over-simple presentation of this pioneering paradigm.” (Sir Richard Jolly, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK)

“An original and thoughtful historical exploration of why and how the human development approach has become widespread, lasting and influential; in particular how it became institutionalized within and through the UNDP and its human development indices. By combining methodological and institutional analyses, Hirai takes us much deeper in understanding the formation of global and national systems of conceptualising, measuring, evaluating and planning human progress.” (Des Gasper, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands)

“An intellectual tour de force, revealing the key ideas, institutions, indicators and methods that characterise the Human Development Approach. This is a careful engagement between concepts and history of this paradigm through to the encouraging of reasoned debate. The result is a commendable read that addresses its implications for the reception of new concepts such as happiness, in improving our understanding of human agency and capabilities.” (Shailaja Fennell, Centre of Development Studies and Jesus College, University of Cambridge, UK)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • History of Development: Towards Human Development

    Hirai, Tadashi

    Pages 1-20

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  • Institutionalisation of Development Concepts

    Hirai, Tadashi

    Pages 21-40

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  • Measurement of Development: Predecessors of the Human Development Index

    Hirai, Tadashi

    Pages 41-71

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  • The Human Development Index and Its Evolution

    Hirai, Tadashi

    Pages 73-121

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  • Happiness in Human Development: Lessons from the Capability Approach

    Hirai, Tadashi

    Pages 123-140

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Buy this book

eBook 89,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51568-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 123,04 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51567-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Creation of the Human Development Approach
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51568-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51568-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51567-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 173
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
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