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

By Aaron Cosbey on November 15, 2004
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.

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IISD, 2004