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.
“The capability approach is a popular concept, yet in social policy research it is seldom applied properly. Connecting the dots between conceptual and empirical research, this innovative book definitely fills that gap.” Wim Van Lancker, University of Leuven
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.
Rethinking Social Policy from a Capability Perspective ~ Mara A. Yerkes, Jana Javornik and Anna Kurowska;
Education as Investment? A comparison of the capability and social investment approaches to education policy ~ Jean-Michel Bonvin and Francesco Laruffa;
From ‘active’ to ‘capable’: a capability framework for policy and practice on ageing and later life ~ José de São José, Virpi Timonen, Carla Amado and Sérgio Santos;
Converting shared parental leave into shared parenting: The role of employers and use of litigation by employees in the UK ~ Jana Javornik and Liz Oliver;
Comparative social policy analysis of parental leave policies through the lenses of capability approach ~ Anna Kurowska and Jana Javornik;
Ask rather than assume: the CA in the practitioner setting ~ Jana Javornik, Mara A. Yerkes and Erik Jansen;
Social Investment, Human Rights and Capabilities in practice; the case study of family homelessness in Dublin ~ Rory Hearne and Mary Murphy;
From Capability Approach to Capability-based Social Policy ~ Mara A. Yerkes, Jana Javornik, Erik Jansen and Anna Kurowska.