Talu, Valentina (2009) Misurare la qualità della vita urbana: un modello per valutare l'efficacia delle politiche pubbliche territoriali sulla qualità della vita urbana basato sul capability approach. Doctoral Thesis.
The aim of the research is to propose a model for evaluating the effects of territorial public policies on the increase of urban quality of life, starting from a critical analysis of operative tools currently utilized and with reference to the theories elaborated by Amartya Sen and others concerning the relation between the improvement (intended as increase of the quality of life) and the expansion process of freedoms and individual capabilities (capability approach). Capabilities are defined (Sen A., 1985) as that which each individual is able to be or make, in case he had the opportunity; capabilities differentiate from functionings that are states or things that individuals usually earn or make. Aim of the research is also to investigate the present condition and possible role of denizenship (Hammar T., 1990) with reference to the processes of elaboration, management, and evaluation of re-qualification policies and plans, and to analyse the existing relationship among the phenomenon of the citizenship enlargement (Friedmann J., 2004), the processes of population involvement in managing city transformations, and the quality of life level. The proposed model is developed in details for evaluating the effects of territorial public policies on the urban quality of life of children.
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