Relational Capability: A Multidimensional Approach

ESSEC Working Paper 1306

56 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2013

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Gael Giraud

University of Angers - Bureau of Economic Theory and Application (BETA)

Cécile Renouard

ESSEC Business School

Hélène L'Huillier

ESSEC Business School

Raphaële De la Martinière

ESSEC Business School

Camille Sutter

Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) ; Institut IRENE - ESSEC

Date Written: April 16, 2013

Abstract

This paper explores some of the dimensions related to poverty and exclusion, by defining a Relational Capability Index (RCI) which focuses on the quality of relationships among people and on their level of relational empowerment. This index is rooted in a relational anthropology; it insists on the quality of the social fabric and of interpersonal relations as a key aspect of human development. As a multidimensional index, the RCI includes integration into networks, private relations and civic commitments. We provide an axiomatization of a family of multidimensional indexes. This axiomatic viewpoint fills the gap between theories of justice and poverty measurements. By means of illustration, we apply three different versions of the RCI, which are elements of this family, to the measurement of the impact of oil companies on local communities in the Niger Delta (Nigeria) and to national surveys (Afrobarometer).

Suggested Citation

Giraud, Gael and Renouard, Cécile and L'Huillier, Hélène and De la Martinière, Raphaële and Sutter, Camille, Relational Capability: A Multidimensional Approach (April 16, 2013). ESSEC Working Paper 1306, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2333529 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2333529

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Raphaële De la Martinière

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