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The entitlement approach – a case for framework development rather than demolition

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Rubin, Olivier

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Abstract The article dismisses most of the objections previously forwarded in this journal by Khandakar Qudrat-I Elahi against Amartya Sen's framework for famine analysis: the entitlement approach. Instead, the article argues that even thirty years after the conception of the entitlement approach, it remains a potent framework for famine analysis, as illustrated by the recent 2005 famine. However, as contemporary famines are increasingly linked to factors that have hitherto received limited attention in entitlement analysis – conflicts, legal collapses and political struggles – the article calls for supplementary famine analysis on the meso and macro levels.
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Social Problems
Free Keywords Famine; health, livelihoods; economics, theory; social issues
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 621-640
Journal Journal of Development Studies, 45 (2009) 4
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)