The Constitutional Foundations of Development
Freedom, Amartya Sen (1999a) argues, is a means of realizing an improvement in the general welfare as well as a goal of economic and social life itself. Freedom is key if humans are to exercise their innovative potentials to realize and fulfill their sense of well-being. The way we constitute our relationships—through a focus on the rules of association and exchange— bears on our freedoms and, hence, on our prospective well-being. The constitutional challenge, in this regard, rests in harmonizing this freedom within an ordered system of association.
KeywordsCollective Action Covenantal Basis Moral Sentiment State Governance Good Government
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