Rethinking The Development Experience; Essays Provoked By The Work Of Albert O. Hirschman

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This book critically reappraises ideas about learning and economic development advanced by Albert O. Hirschman, one of the great pioneers in the field. The contributors - distinguished economists, development theorists, social scientists, and practitioners - show how Hirschman's innovative ideas bear on the theory, policy, and practice of development in the 1990s. In a postscript, Albert O. Hirschman, who is now professor emeritus at Princeton University, reflects on the evolution of his ideas, his cognitive ...
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Overview

This book critically reappraises ideas about learning and economic development advanced by Albert O. Hirschman, one of the great pioneers in the field. The contributors - distinguished economists, development theorists, social scientists, and practitioners - show how Hirschman's innovative ideas bear on the theory, policy, and practice of development in the 1990s. In a postscript, Albert O. Hirschman, who is now professor emeritus at Princeton University, reflects on the evolution of his ideas, his cognitive style, and his propensity for self-subversion. Two appendixes present a candid MIT faculty discussion of the essays and Hirschman's musings in response to particular chapters and questions raised by the participants.
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Critically reappraises ideas about learning and economic development advanced by Albert O. Hirschman, one of the pioneers in the field. The contributors--economists, development theorists, social scientists, and practitioners--show how Hirschman's ideas bear on the theory, policy, and practice of development in the 1990s. In a postscript, Hirschman reflects on the evolution of his ideas. Two appendixes present an MIT faculty discussion of the essays and Hirschman's musings in response to particular chapters and questions raised by the participants. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815775515
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Pages: 382
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Rethinking the Development Experience: Aims, Themes, and Theses 3
Pt. I Conceptualizing Development
2 The Fall and Rise of Development Economics 39
3 Hirschman's Strategy at Thirty-Five 59
4 Hirschman's Elusive Theory of Social Learning 67
Pt. II Some Development Assumptions in Retrospect
5 Psychological Modernity in Historical Perspective 99
6 Society as Output: Exit and Voice among the Passions and Interests 118
7 Social Construction of Hope 131
Pt. III Restructuring Institutions, Policies, and Programs
8 Intraocular Lenses, Blindness Control, and the Hiding Hand 147
9 Bring Hirschman Back In: A Case of Bad Government Turned Good 176
10 Visibility and Disappointment: The New Role of Development Evaluation 210
11 Learning by Monitoring: The Institutions of Economic Development 231
12 A Propensity to Self-Subversion 277
Appendix A Seminar Participants: Obiter Dicta 285
Appendix B Albert O. Hirschman: Responses and Discussion 314
Notes 323
Faculty Participants 355
Other Participants 361
Acknowledgments 363
Index 365
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