Indicators of Freedom
A distinction should be made between the theoretical possibility of measuring freedom and the practical possibility of doing so. Most of this book has been concerned with the theoretical possibility of measuring freedom. Given the various practical difficulties involved in quantifying available action, some empirical indicators need to be found. Nevertheless, the search for such indicators without a theoretical understanding of that which they are intended to indicate is difficult. One possibility is to be found in a combination of an exchange-value metric (derived from the necessary relation between the possession of freedom and the de facto possession of resources) and a metric of broadly defined political freedom-types.
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