Shifting Involvements: Private Interest and Public Action / Edition 20

Shifting Involvements: Private Interest and Public Action / Edition 20

by Albert O. Hirschman, Robert H. Frank
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691092928
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/07/2002
Series:
Eliot Janeway Lectures on Historical Economics Series
Edition description:
Twentieth-Anniversary edition with a New foreword by Robert H. Frank
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
1,497,116
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

FOREWORD ix

PREFACE xv

INTRODUCTION: A Private-Public Cycle? 3

Chapter 1. On Disappointment 9

The Role of Disappointment in Preference Change 9

Taking Disappointment Seriously 14

Chapter 2. Varieties of Consumer Disappointment 25

The Privileged Position of Truly Nondurable Goods 27

Consumer Durables 32

Services 39

Chapter 3. The General Hostility Toward New Wealth 46

Historical Evidence from the Eighteenth Century in England and France 46

The Manifold Case against New Goods 53

Chapter 4. From Private Concerns into the Public Arena-I 62

Exit and Voice Reactions to Consumer Disappointment 62

Explaining Changes in Life-Styles: Ideology and Second-Order Volitions 66

Chapter 5. From Private Concerns into the Public Arena-II 77

Collective Action and the Rebound Effect 77

Why Free Rides Are Spurned 82

Chapter 6. The Frustrations of Participation in Public Life-1 92

The Poverty of Our Imagination 93

Overcommitment and Addiction 96

Chapter 7. The Frustrations of Participation in Public Life-II 103

The Underinvolvement of Voting 103

A Historical Digression on the Origins of Universal Suffrage 112

Chapter 8. Privatization 121

Corruption 123

Public Virtue Debunked 125

Attractions of the Private Sphere 128

CONCLUSION 131

INDEX 135

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