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URL :  Approaches Towards Inequality and Inequity: Concepts, Measures and Policies
Author : Frances Stewart
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2013 | PDF | 1.5 Mb | 50 pages

eBook License: Public Access fromhttps://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/

Inequality, in various forms, is a major source of injustice, a cause of poverty, and sometimes of conflict. Children are often the victims. This paper analyses the different concepts of inequality, in particular differentiating individual, or vertical, and group, or horizontal, inequality, and adopting a plural approach to inequality, which involves moving beyond income to include some basic capabilities such as health, education and nutrition, and also inequalities in political power and cultural status.

The paper discusses what a fair, or equitable, distribution is, drawing on some contributions of Western philosophers and economists. After reviewing different approaches, it argues that inequality among groups is particularly unjust. The paper argues for a plural perspective on the space in which inequality is assessed, following Sen’s capability approach. Special attention needs to be given to those capabilities which affect people's basic life chances, including health, education and nutrition. (From Author)

eBook Contents

Introduction - Concepts and Definitions – Issues of Justice - Instrumental Reasons for Concern with Income Inequality – Measurement - Appropriate Indicators - UNICEF’s Role - Does this Agenda Depart from Current UNICEF Policies? - Conclusion
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