Operationalisation of the Capability Approach

Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, Valerie Egdell, Emma Hollywood, Ronald McQuaid

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The holistic and multilayered structure offered by the Capability Approach makes this theoretical framework particularly suitable for conceptualising and contextualising complex socioeconomic phenomena. However, several challenging issues on how to operationalise it are inevitably raised. Extensive and growing empirical applications of the Capability Approach in many fields of investigation show that researchers can meet many of the challenges posed by this approach by adopting various empirical strategies and technical solutions. This chapter aims to provide an overview of the recent empirical literature on capabilities, labour markets and education in Europe, using examples from recent European projects inspired by, or based on, the Capability Approach and offering interesting examples for those who wish to make use of this approach for future investigation in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFacing Trajectories from School to Work
Subtitle of host publicationTowards a capability-friendly Youth Policy in Europe
EditorsHans-Uwe Otto, Roland Atzmüller, Thierry Berthet, Lavinia Bifulco, Jean-Michel Bonvin, Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, Valerie Egdell, Bjorn Halleroed, Christian Christrup Kjeldsen, Marek Kwiek, Regine Schröer, Josiane Vero, Marianna Zielenska
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783319114361
ISBN (Print)9783319114354
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2016


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