Fighting Inequality Through Capability Oriented Policy
Edited by Hans-Uwe Otto, Valerie Egdell, Jean-Michel Bonvin and Roland Atzmüller
Chapter 4: Towards a subjective capability quality of life scale (SCQL) in Europe
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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