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Title: Methodological issues in operationalising the capability approach in empirical research: An example of cross-country research on youth unemployment in the EU
Authors: Hollywood, Emma
Egdell, Valerie
McQuaid, Ronald
Michel-Schertges, Dirk
Contact Email: r.w.mcquaid@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Social Work & Society, University of Duisburg-Essen
Citation: Hollywood E, Egdell V, McQuaid R & Michel-Schertges D (2012) Methodological issues in operationalising the capability approach in empirical research: An example of cross-country research on youth unemployment in the EU, Social Work and Society, 10 (1).
Abstract: This paper considers the experiences from nine in-depth case studies (undertaken as part of the "WorkAble" project) examining the transitions of (disadvantaged) young people: from compulsory school to further education; from education/vocational training to the labour market; and from unemployment/outside the labour market to employment. It considers two key issues related to using the Capability Approach as a central conceptual guide in the design of in-depth qualitative research. First, how to operationalise the Capability Approach in the methodology, an issue around which there is considerable debate in the literature in particular how to measure capabilities and which capabilities to measure. Second, how to conduct research that is comparable, but is also adaptable to the particular social and institutional contexts of the nine different nations. Specific issues related to the operationalisation of the Capability Approach, encountered when conducting the cross-country in-depth case studies, are highlighted; and debates from the capabilities literature discussed.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/16733
URL: http://www.socwork.net/sws/article/view/297
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Social Work and Society, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2012 by Social Work & Society, University of Duisburg-Essen. The original publication is available at: http://www.socwork.net/sws/article/view/297
Affiliation: Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh Napier University
Management Work and Organisation
Aarhus University

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