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A Critical Review of the Capability Approach in Australian Indigenous Policy

Klein, Elise

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The capability approach has recently been used in Australian Indigenous policy formation. Of particular note is how it has been used in some instances to justify current paternalistic and directive policies for Indigenous Australians. These include behavioural conditionalities on state support and income management—policy apparatuses that aim to create individual responsibility and to re-engineer the social norms of Indigenous people. This interpretation of the capability approach is at...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKlein, Elise
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:47:32Z
dc.date.available2015-12-07T22:47:32Z
dc.identifier.issn1442-3871
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/26102
dc.description.abstractThe capability approach has recently been used in Australian Indigenous policy formation. Of particular note is how it has been used in some instances to justify current paternalistic and directive policies for Indigenous Australians. These include behavioural conditionalities on state support and income management—policy apparatuses that aim to create individual responsibility and to re-engineer the social norms of Indigenous people. This interpretation of the capability approach is at odds with the writings of Sen, because it overlooks the core concepts of freedom, agency and pluralism. To examine this tension, this paper reviews the contestation between capability scholars and commentators on Indigenous policy, paying particular attention to four areas: human capability vs human capital, deficit discourse, individual responsibility, and the ends and means of policy. Finally, to reinvigorate the capability approach in Australian Indigenous policy, six areas are suggested in which the capability approach could be used in the future
dc.publisherAustralian National University
dc.sourceCAEPR Working Papers
dc.titleA Critical Review of the Capability Approach in Australian Indigenous Policy
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor160501 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4738148xPUB42
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKlein, Elise, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue102/2015
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage14
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T11:52:06Z
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