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

Shifting Involvements: Private Interest and Public Action - Twentieth-Anniversary Edition

byAlbert O. Hirschman

Paperback | January 27, 2002

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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.

Albert O. Hirschman is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is the author of many books, including Exit, Voice, and Loyalty and The Strategy of Economic Development. Robert H. Frank is Godwin Smith Professor of Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Cornell University. He is the author of Luxury Fever (Prince...
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Title:Shifting Involvements: Private Interest and Public Action - Twentieth-Anniversary EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pagesPublished:January 27, 2002Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691092923

ISBN - 13:9780691092928

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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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"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