Empowering Young People in Disempowering Times
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Empowering Young People in Disempowering Times

Fighting Inequality Through Capability Oriented Policy

Edited by Hans-Uwe Otto, Valerie Egdell, Jean-Michel Bonvin and Roland Atzmüller

Following the 2008 economic crisis, the situation for young people deteriorated dramatically in many European countries. Employment and training opportunities have reduced, and levels of poverty and social exclusion have increased. This book evaluates both institutional frameworks and programmes as well as the quantitative and qualitative basis of judgements in European youth policies that dominate current strategies. This book evaluates both institutional frameworks and programmes as well as the quantitative and qualitative basis of judgements in European youth policies.
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Chapter 4: Towards a subjective capability quality of life scale (SCQL) in Europe

Christian Christrup Kjeldsen

Abstract

This chapter provides selected insights and empirical results from experimenting with the development of a scale (SCQL) and models on quality of life within the normative grounding of the Capability Approach. It focuses on the results of a quantitative comparison of five countries: the UK, Romania, Italy, France and Denmark. It questions and seeks new innovative ways towards overcoming the limits of applying Nussbaum´s normative yardstick of central capabilities and the empirical operationalization of the Capability Approach. In order to accomplish this, the chapter provides evidence from both descriptive and analytical statistics, utilizing a multilevel analysis on a composite constructed Subjective Capability Quality of Life Scale (SCQL Scale).

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