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Operationalisation of the Capability Approach

Chiappero-Martinetti, E; Egdell, Valerie; Hollywood, Emma; McQuaid, R


E Chiappero-Martinetti

Valerie Egdell

Emma Hollywood

R McQuaid


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.

Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2014
Publication Date Jul 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jul 14, 2016
Publisher BMC
Pages 115-139
Book Title Facing trajectories from school to work – Towards a capability-friendly Youth Policy in Europe
ISBN 978-3-319-11435-4
Keywords Capability approach, Operationalisation, Education, Employment, Quantitative and qualitative analyses,
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