The capability approach, an increasingly popular conceptual and theoretical framework focused on what individuals are able to do and be, offers a unique evaluative perspective to social policy analysis. This book explores the advantages of this approach and offers a way forward in addressing conceptual and empirical issues as they apply specifically to social policy research and practice. Short conceptual and empirical chapters provide clear examples of how policies shape the capabilities of different groups and individuals, critically assessing the efficacy of different social policies across multiple social policy fields, providing both academic and practitioner viewpoints.
Mara Yerkes is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University.
Anna Kurowska is Assistant Professor and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Policy at the University of Warsaw.
Jana Javornik is Associate Professor in Work and Employment Relations at the University of Leeds.
Enhancing Capabilities? Rethinking European Social Policies from a New Perspective ~ Mara A. Yerkes, Jana Javornik and Anna Kurowska;
Towards a normative framework for welfare reform in Europe based on the capability approach: the case of education policies ~ Jean-Michel Bonvin and Francesco Laruffa;
Comparative social/family policy through the lenses of the capability approach ~ Anna Kurowska and Jana Javornik;
Critical appraisal of the UK shared parental leave: Reconceptualising parents’ capabilities and gender equality ~ Jana Javornik and Liz Oliver;
From ‘active’ to ‘able’: Conceptualising the changes that the capability approach implies for current active ageing discourses and policies ~ José de São José, Virpi Timonen, Carla Amado and Sérgio Santos;
Social Investment, Human Rights and Capabilities in practice; the case study of family homelessness in Dublin ~ Rory Hearne and Mary P. Murphy;
The Capability Approach in Practice: Insights from policymakers and practitioners ~ Mara A. Yerkes and Jana Javornik;
Capabilities and Social Policy: towards a social policy framework ~ Mara A. Yerkes, Jana Javornik and Anna Kurowska.