The introductory chapter initiates the discussion on Sen’s capability theory and its application in the re-examination of value of land to its owner in the context of “functionings.” The chapter states the scope of the book, which is limited to understanding the functionings of land that have been identified as being valuable to landowners in Scotland and are often uncompensated in the process of compulsory acquisition. This is performed through qualitative content analysis (QCA) of 19 relevant case reports from the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. A short description on the method of QCA is presented in this chapter.
KeywordsCapability Functionings Property rights Compulsory purchase Compensation Market value Compulsory acquisition
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