Relational Capability : An Indicator of Collective Empowerment

Abstract : We define a new index for the collective empowerment of populations based on the capability of actors to have relationships and to enter into networks. This index, called "relational capability" (RC), is dynamic in the sense that the weights of its various components vary across time according to how close the population is to some poverty threshold. It relies on a shift of anthropological viewpoint, putting human relationships at the forefront. RC, which can be formalized in gametheoretic terms of networks, paves the way towards the solution of a number of unsolved issues: Reconciling autonomy and interdependence; unifying the aggregation of individual characteristics with the collective level; questioning unjust institutions and political structures within Sen's and Nussbaum's framework of capabilities.
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Cécile Renouard, Gaël Giraud. Relational Capability : An Indicator of Collective Empowerment. 2009, 18 p. ⟨hal-00551842⟩

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