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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen, Volume 2Society, Institutions, and Development$
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Kaushik Basu and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239979

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239979.001.0001

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Entitlements and Capabilities

Entitlements and Capabilities

Young People in Post‐Industrial Wales

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(p.100) Chapter 6 Entitlements and Capabilities
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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen, Volume 2
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Jocelyn Kynch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239979.003.0007

This chapter considers the indirect influence of Sen's body of work on social policy in relation to youth policy in post-industrial Wales. The devolved Welsh government's policy is influenced by the principle of progressive universalism, and its core document on youth (which happens to have the title ‘Extending Entitlement’) is suggested to have positive outcomes for young people precisely because it reflects aspects of Sen's capabilities approach by arguing for supporting troubled or troublesome young people into a repertoire of opportunities and experiences. Anti-poverty measures which emphasize control under non-devolved policy (and are particularly punitive to young people who are labelled ‘disorderly’ when in public spaces), have been delivered differently by the partnerships in post-industrial Wales to those in similar regions of England. An alternative approach to adult-youth relations, explaining these in terms of a cooperative conflict, is used to examine adult complaints about youth in public spaces.

Keywords:   youth policy, post-industrial Wales, progressive universalism, policy making, social policy, entitlement in policy, cooperative conflicts

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