Demos Annual Lecture Webcast
Amartya Sen: Power and capability
Monday 15 March 18.30 GMT
Sponsored by Open Society Institute
Amartya Sen, Nobel prize-winning economist and Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University
Baroness Williams of Crosby, Liberal Democrat peer
Ed Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Great Britain
Aryeh Neier, President, Open Society Institute
Richard Reeves, Director, Demos (Chair)
For the Nobel prize-winner Amartya Sen, a good society is one populated by individuals with the capability to choose and construct good lives. His political philosophy, recently synthesised in his book The Idea of Justice is based on the need for each citizen to have broad enough set of ‘capabilities’ to be ‘responsible for their own wellbeing’. Sen defines a capability as ‘the power to do something’ and in this lecture he will examine how ideas of justice relate to ideas of power, capability and democracy.
At a time when confidence in many of the institutions of economic and political life has been ebbing, Sen will argue for a people-focused, rather than an institutionalist view of democracy and power. As he writes: “The working of democratic institutions, like that of all other institutions, depends on the activities of human agents.”
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