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A Capabilities Approach to Trade and Sustainable Development: Using Sen's Conception of Development to Re-examine the Debates

Aaron Cosbey
This paper takes the thinking of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and uses it to fashion a comprehensive new definition of sustainable development. It then asks how trade and trade liberalization might contribute to sustainable development so defined, surveying a complex web of potential impacts. It draws important lessons for civil society, developing countries and the WTO negotiations from the analysis.


  • Publication type: Book
  • Publication date: November 16, 2004
  • Publisher: IISD
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