Book Chapter

Operationalisation of the Capability Approach

Citation

Chiappero-Martinetti E, Egdell V, Hollywood E & McQuaid R (2015) Operationalisation of the Capability Approach. In: Otto H, Atzmüller R, Berthet T, Bifulco L, Bonvin J, Chiappero-Martinetti E, Egdell V, Halleröd B, Kjeldsen C, Kwiek M, Schröer R, Vero J & Zielenska M (eds.) Facing Trajectories from School to Work. Towards a Capability-Friendly Youth Policy in Europe. Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects, 20. Dordrecht): Springer, pp. 115-139. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-11436-1_7

Abstract
While the Capability Approach offers a rich, comprehensive and innovative way to measure well-being, its operationalisation is a demanding task. This chapter starts by broadly discussing some central issues related to the operationalisation of the Capability Approach and providing an overview of how these have been addressed in the recent empirical literature. Applications of the Capability Approach in labour market and education research are then explored, discussing how quantitative and qualitative methodological and empirical challenges have been tackled. The chapter then moves to present the methodological and empirical strategies used in a project concerning the capabilities of young unemployed people in different European countries, highlighting issues of how to suitably capture and measure young people's capabilities were addressed and outlining lessons learned that are relevant to those using the Capability Approach in the future.

Keywords
Capability Approach; Operationalisation; young people; transition

StatusPublished
Title of seriesTechnical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects
Number in series20
Publication date31/12/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/21945
PublisherSpringer
Publisher URLhttp://link.springer.com/…-3-319-11436-1_7
Place of publicationDordrecht)
ISSN of series1871-3041
ISBN978-3-319-11436-1