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A Common Good Approach to Development

Collective Dynamics of Development Processes

by Mathias Nebel, Oscar Garza-Vázquez, Clemens Sedmak

A Common Good Approach to Development

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Book Description

This edited collection proposes a common good approach to development theory and practice. Rather than focusing on the outcomes or conditions of development, the contributors concentrate on the quality of development processes, suggesting that a common good dynamic is key in order to trigger development.

Resulting from more than three years of research by an international group of over fifty scholars, the volume advocates for a modern understanding of the common good - rather than a theological or metaphysical good - in societies by emphasising the social practice of 'commoning' at its core. It suggests that the dynamic equilibrium of common goods in a society should be at the centre of development efforts. For this purpose, it develops a matrix of common good dynamics, accounting for how institutions, social norms and common practices interconnect by identifying five key drivers not only of development, but human development (agency, governance, justice, stability, humanity). Based on this matrix, the contributors suggest a possible metric for measuring the quality of these dynamics. The last section of the book highlights the possibilities enabled by this approach through a series of case studies.

The concept of the common good has recently enjoyed a revival and inspired practitioners keen to look beyond the shortcomings of political and economic liberalism. This book builds on those efforts to think beyond the agenda of twentieth-century development policies, and will be of interest to those working in the fields of development, economics, sociology, philosophy and political science.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download A Common Good Approach to Development ebook for free in PDF format (27.8 MB).

Table of Contents

Part I
A common good approach to development
Chapter 1
The Theoretical Framework: Common Goods and Systems of Common Goods
Chapter 2
From Theory to Practice: A Matrix of Common Good Dynamics
Chapter 3
Design and Reflection on the Metric of Common Dynamics
Part II
Discussing the normative elements of common good dynamics
Chapter 4
Collective Agency Freedom as the Engine of a Common Good Dynamic: A Conceptual Proposal for Measurement
Chapter 5
The Systemic Outcome of Common Good Dynamics: Humanity
Chapter 6
Governance, Commoning and the Unequal Terms of Recognition
Chapter 7
Organising Common Good Dynamics: Justice
Chapter 8
Development and Stability
Part III
Case studies and applications
Chapter 9
Do We Need a Common Good Approach to Development?
Chapter 10
Bangsamoro: A Case Study in Governing for the Common Good
Chapter 11
Assessing the Nexus of the Common Good: The Case of the Municipality of Atlixco, Mexico
Chapter 12
Assessing the Transformative Impact of Love-Based Microsocial Communities: From Existential Peripheries into the Nexus of the Common Good

Book Details

A Common Good Approach to Development
Social Sciences
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