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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen: Volume II: Society, Institutions, and Development

  • Economics
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences


Amartya Sen has made deep and lasting contributions to the academic disciplines of economics, philosophy, and the social sciences more broadly. He has engaged in policy dialogue and public debate, advancing the cause of a human development focused policy agenda, and a tolerant and democratic polity. This argumentative Indian has made the case for the poorest of the poor, and for plurality in cultural perspective. It is not surprising that he has won the highest awards, ranging from the Nobel Prize in Economics to the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor. This public recognition has gone hand in hand with the affection and admiration that Amartya's friends and students hold for him. This volume of essays, written in honor of his 75th birthday by his students and peers, covers the range of contributions that Sen has made to knowledge. They are written by some of the world's leading economists, philosophers and social scientists, and address topics such as ethics, welfare economics, poverty, gender, human development, society and politics. The second volume covers the topics of Human Development and Capabilities; Gender and Household; Growth, Poverty and Policy; and Society, Politics and History. It is a fitting tribute to Sen's own contributions to the discourse on Society, Institutions and Development. Contributors include: Bina Agarwal, Isher Ahluwalia, Montek S Ahluwalia, Ingela Alger, Muhammad Asali, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Pranab Bardhan, Lourdes Beneria, Sugata Bose, Lincoln C. Chen, Martha Alter Chen, Kanchan Chopra, Simon Dietz, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Jonathan Glover, Cameron Hepburn, Jane Humphries, Rizwanul Islam, Ayesha Jalal, Mary Kaldor, Sunil Khilnani, Stephan Klasen, Jocelyn Kynch, Enrica Chiappero Martinetti, Kirsty McNay, Martha C. Nussbaum, Elinor Ostrom, Gustav Ranis, Sanjay G. Reddy, Emma Samman, Rehman Sobhan, Robert M. Solow, Nicholas Stern, Frances Stewart, Ashutosh Varshney, Sujata Visaria, and Jorgen W. Weibull. Available in OSO: Contributors to this volume - Bina Agarwal, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi Isher Ahluwalia, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations Montek S Ahluwalia, Planning Commission, Government of India Ingela Alger, Carleton University Muhammad Asali, Department of Economics, Columbia University Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata Pranab Bardhan, University of California, Berkeley Lourdes Beneria, Cornell University Sugata Bose, Harvard University Lincoln C. Chen, President, China Medical Board Martha Alter Chen, Harvard University Kanchan Chopra, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi Simon Dietz, London School of Economics and Political Science Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs, The New School Jonathan Glover, Kings College London Cameron Hepburn, University of Oxford Jane Humphries, University of Oxford Rizwanul Islam, International Labour Office, Geneva Ayesha Jalal, Tufts University Mary Kaldor, London School of Economics and Political Science Sunil Khilnani, Johns Hopkins University Stephan Klasen, University of Gottingen Jocelyn Kynch, The University of Wales Enrica Chiappero Martinetti, University of Pavia Kirsty McNay, Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago Law School Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University, Bloomington Gustav Ranis, Yale University Sanjay G. Reddy, Department of Economics, Barnard College, and Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University Emma Samman, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford Rehman Sobhan, Centre for Policy Dialogue Bangladesh Robert M. Solow, MIT Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics and Political Science Frances Stewart, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford Ashutosh Varshney, University of Michigan Sujata Visaria, Department of Economics, Boston University Jorgen W. Weibull, Stockholm School of Economics

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