Sen and the art of quality of life maintenance: towards a general theory of quality of life and Its causation

Danny Ruta, Laura Camfield, Cam Donaldson

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Abstract

Sen's capability approach permits re-appraisal of a central concept in health and social care, and international development--'quality of life' (QoL). We compare Sen's capability view of QoL with current views in health care, and re-define QoL as 'the gap between desired and actual capabilities'. A causal pathway linking resources to capabilities, and finally to QoL, is postulated. The notion of 'cognitive homeostasis' is introduced to explain the observed curvilinear relationship between resources and QoL. A separate set of factors is identified that act to sustain or destabilise QoL. We conclude by examining the model's implications for policy and evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-423
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Socio-Economics
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Migration (O150)
  • Human Development
  • General Welfare (I310)
  • Economic Development
  • Human Resources
  • Income Distribution

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