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A Theory of Human Need - Len Doyal

A Theory of Human Need

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Published: 10th October 1991
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Rejecting fashionable subjectivist and cultural relativist approaches, this important new book argues that human beings have universal and objective needs for health and autonomy and a right to their optimal satisfaction. The authors develop a system of social indicators to show what such optimisation would mean in practice and assess the records of a wide range of developed and underdeveloped economies in meeting their citizens' needs. 'An extremely challenging and thought-provoking study which will undoubtedly become the focus of a major debate. After a period when social democratic and socialist thought have been in retreat this book signals a rekindling of hope and commitment...their arguments are likely to set the terms of the debate from now on.' - Andrew Gamble 'An ambitious and very welcome book...[which] combines a tight argument and a wide ranging application...This will prove a major text not just in terms of the theory presented and the data that is summarised but in the research questions it poses.' - Nigel Parton, Times Higher Education Supplement '(A) scrupulous and sophisticated case...for the ascription of universal needs...What is important and original...about [Doyal and Gough's] project is that it not only tells us what our basic needs are. ..but offers empirical criteria for the meeting of these goals...' - Kate Soper, New Left Review

'An ambitious and very welcome book...[which] combines a tight argument and a wide-ranging application...This will prove a major text not just in terms of the theory presented and the data that is summarised but in the research questions it poses.' - Nigel Parton, Times Higher Education Supplement

'[A] scrupulous and sophisticated case...for the ascription of universal needs...What is important and original...about [Doyal and Gough's] project is that it not only tells us what our basic needs are...but offers empirical criteria for the meeting of these goals...' - Kate Soper, New Left Review

Prefaces - Introduction - PART I: RELATIVISM AND THE PROBLEM OF HUMAN NEED - Who Needs Human Needs? - The Inevitability of Human Needs - The Grammar of Human Needs - PART 2: A THEORY OF HUMAN NEED - The Basic Needs of Persons - Societal Preconditions for Need Satisfaction - Human Liberation and the Right to Optimal Need Satisfaction - Optimising Need Satisfaction in Theory - PART 3: HUMAN NEEDS IN PRACTICE - Measuring Need Satisfaction - Health and Autonomy - Intermediate Needs - Societal Preconditions for Optimising Need Satisfaction - Charting Human Welfare - PART 4: THE POLITICS OF HUMAN NEED - Towards a Political Economy of Need Satisfaction - The Dual Strategy

ISBN: 9780333383254
ISBN-10: 0333383257
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 381
Published: 10th October 1991
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 10