The Creation of the Human Development Approach - Hirai, Tadashi
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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.…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
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.
Autorenporträt
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.
Inhaltsangabe
1. History of Development: Towards Human Development
Introduction Conceptual Shifts in Development The Basic Needs Approach The Human Development Approach The Basic Needs Approach & the Human Development Approach Conclusions
2. Institutionalisation of Development Concepts
Introduction Institutional Mechanisms The Economic Growth Model in the Bretton Woods Institutions The Human Development Approach within the UNDP Conclusions
3. Measurement of Development: Predecessors of the Human Development Index
Introduction Conceptual Issues Operational Issues Some Reflections and Implications of the Formulation of the HDI Conclusions
4. The Human Development Index and Its Evolution
Introduction Review of Critiques of the HDI Revisions of the HDI in the HDRs Discussion: What for the Future? Conclusions
5. Happiness in Human Development
Introduction The Capability Approach in Support of the Human Development Approach Happiness in the Capability Approach Conclusions Epilogue

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"This concise and well-written book by Tadashi Hirai adds to the growing body of literature on Human Development (HD) by offering an in-depth historical perspective on the emergence of the approach and an analysis of its institutional context. ... Hirai's book is thoughtfully researched, clearly written and economical with words. The monograph is highly suitable for gaining an overview of the historic and institutional context of human development and its measurement." (Madleina Daehnhardt, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Vol. 20 (1), 2019)