Arguing that conventional theories of justice, despite their many specific accomplishments, have taken us in the wrong direction, away from the pursuit of freedom as the principal goal and purpose of development, Amartya Sen (1998 Nobel Prize in Economics) has empowered us all with tools to pragmatically, critically and constructively deal with justice issues. Sen's transformational contributions, found in his many books (most notably The Idea of Justice and Development as Freedom) have re-shaped many academic disciplines; they have brought philosophy closer to the real world, humanised economics and widened the scope of legal scholarship and practice. As stated by Kofi Anan (ex-Secretary General of the United Nations), the world’s poor and dispossessed could have no more articulate or insightful a champion among economists than Amartya Sen. By showing that the quality of our lives should be measured not by our wealth but by our freedom, his writings have revolutionised the theory and practice of development.
This special issue aims to publish papers that centre around the insights of Amartya Sen as applied, theoretically and/or empirically, to today’s world in both local and international/global institutions, business and economics settings. All submissions should stress, critically and constructively, implications of justice and freedom for local and international or global development.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Approaches to justice
- Demands of justice and forms of reasoning
- Materials of justice
- Human rights and global imperatives
- The ends and means of development
- Markets, states and social opportunity
- Women's agency and social change
- Culture and human rights
Submission of manuscripts: 30 December, 2014
Acceptance notification: 31 March, 2015