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Shifting Involvements : Private Interest and Public Action - Twentieth-Anniversary Edition - Albert O. Hirschman

Shifting Involvements

Private Interest and Public Action - Twentieth-Anniversary Edition

Paperback Published: 7th January 2002
ISBN: 9780691092928
Number Of Pages: 160

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Why does society oscillate between intense interest in public issues and almost total concentration on private goals? In this classic work, Albert O. Hirschman offers a stimulating social, political, and economic analysis dealing with how and why frustrations of private concerns lead to public involvement and public participation that eventually lead back to those private concerns. Emerging from this study is a wide range of insights, from a critique of conventional consumption theory to a new understanding of collective action and of universal suffrage.

Winner of the Talcott Parsons Prize, American Academy of Arts and Sciences "Original... Mr. Hirschman, one of our most distinguished economists, is no ordinary writer...even his offhand ruminations have always been interesting. So is this book."--Peter L. Berger, New York Times Book Review "Shifting Involvements can be read over and over again, with each reading disclosing new subtleties, so cunning is its construction and so original its standpoint."--Michael Banton, Times Literary Supplement "This interesting essay contains a wealth of ideas. There is a surprising freshness in the treatment of such a well worn topic as the relation between public and private concerns... Intellectually stimulating."--David Berry, Times Higher Education Supplement "Literate, reflective, and sophisticated... Hirschman's work ... is proof that an economist with a knowledge of and sensitivity for history will avoid the oversimplifications of economic theorists who see the world and human behavior in one dimension."--Eli Ginzberg, Journal of Economic Literature

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Introduction: A Private-Public Cycle?p. 3
On Disappointmentp. 9
The Role of Disappointment in Preference Changep. 9
Taking Disappointment Seriouslyp. 14
Varieties of Consumer Disappointmentp. 25
The Privileged Position of Truly Nondurable Goodsp. 27
Consumer Durablesp. 32
Servicesp. 39
The General Hostility Toward New Wealthp. 46
Historical Evidence from the Eighteenth Century in England and Francep. 46
The Manifold Case against New Goodsp. 53
From Private Concerns into the Public Arena-Ip. 62
Exit and Voice Reactions to Consumer Disappointmentp. 62
Explaining Changes in Life-Styles: Ideology and Second-Order Volitionsp. 66
From Private Concerns into the Public Arena-IIp. 77
Collective Action and the Rebound Effectp. 77
Why Free Rides Are Spurnedp. 82
The Frustrations of Participation in Public Life-1p. 92
The Poverty of Our Imaginationp. 93
Overcommitment and Addictionp. 96
The Frustrations of Participation in Public Life-IIp. 103
The Underinvolvement of Votingp. 103
A Historical Digression on the Origins of Universal Suffragep. 112
Privatizationp. 121
Corruptionp. 123
Public Virtue Debunkedp. 125
Attractions of the Private Spherep. 128
Conclusionp. 131
Indexp. 135
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ISBN: 9780691092928
ISBN-10: 0691092923
Series: Eliot Janeway Lectures on Historical Economics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 7th January 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 14.4  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 20
Edition Type: Revised