A Theory of Human Need - Len Doyal & Ian GoughLondon: Macmillan, 1991, Paperback.
Condition: Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled. Previous owners' name to the verso upper wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the cover: “Rejecting fashionable subjectivist and relativist approaches, this important new book argues that all humans have basic needs in common which cannot be reduced to individual cultural preferences.
Health and autonomy are essential preconditions for participation in social life and thus constitute objective and universal needs. The optimal satisfaction of these needs is the fundamental human right of all individuals. To pretend otherwise is shown to be morally incoherent and politically disabling.
Integrating theory and practice in a unique way, the book goes on to develop cross-cultural indicators of need satisfaction and employs them to measure and compare levels of human welfare throughout the world. The results are then shown to support an innovative ‘dual strategy’ for the optimisation of need satisfaction, one which recognises the economic importance of both the market and central planning and the political importance of both state intervention and a flourishing democracy.”