Development Projects Observed

Development Projects Observed

by Albert O. Hirschman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0815726422

ISBN-13: 9780815726425

Pub. Date: 12/10/2014

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

Originally published in 1967, the modest and plainly descriptive title of Development Projects Observed is deceptive. Today, it is recognized as the ultimate volume of Hirschman's groundbreaking trilogy on development, and as the bridge to the broader social science themes of his subsequent writings. Though among his lesser-known works, this unassuming tome

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Originally published in 1967, the modest and plainly descriptive title of Development Projects Observed is deceptive. Today, it is recognized as the ultimate volume of Hirschman's groundbreaking trilogy on development, and as the bridge to the broader social science themes of his subsequent writings. Though among his lesser-known works, this unassuming tome is one of his most influential.

It is in this book that Hirschman first shared his now famous "Principle of the Hiding Hand." In an April 2013 New Yorker issue, Malcolm Gladwell wrote an appreciation of the principle, described by Cass Sunstein in the book's new foreword as "a bit of a trick up history's sleeve." It can be summed up as a phenomenon in which people's inability to foresee obstacles leads to actions that succeed because people have far more problem-solving ability that they anticipate or appreciate.

And it is in Development Projects Observed that Hirschman laid the foundation for the core of his most important work, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, and later led to the concept of an "exit strategy."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815726425
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
12/10/2014
Series:
A Brookings Classic Series
Edition description:
with a new forward
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,336,103
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Author's Preface: A Hidden Ambitionvii
Forewordxiii
Author's Acknowledgmentsxvii
Introduction1
1The Principle of the Hiding Hand9
2Uncertainties35
Varieties of Uncertainties37
Supply Uncertainties: Technology39
Supply Uncertainties: Administration45
Supply Uncertainties: Finance56
Excess Demand59
Inadequate Demand65
Digression: The R&D Strategy75
Mitigation of Uncertainties81
3Latitudes and Disciplines86
Spatial or Locational Latitude87
Temporal Discipline in Construction95
Temporal Discipline from Construction to Operation103
Latitude for Corruption107
Latitude in Substituting Quantity for Quality112
Latitude in Substituting Private for Public Outlays119
4Project Design: Trait-Taking and Trait-Making128
The Dilemma of Design130
Implicit Trait-Making: A Failure in Nigeria139
Entrained Trait-Making148
The Autonomous Agency as a Hybrid153
5Project Appraisal: The Centrality of Side-Effects160
Side-Effects as Essential Requirements161
Pure and Mixed Side-Effects163
Smuggling in Change via Side-Effects168
Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Offensive Against Side-Effects174
Counteroffensives180
Modesty and Ambition in Project Planning185
Index191

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