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With engaging wit and subtle irony, Albert Hirschman maps the diffuse and treacherous world of reactionary rhetoric in which conservative public figures. Editorial Reviews. Review. Propelled by an ecumenical motive–to explain the ‘ massive, Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy – Kindle edition by Albert O. Hirschman. Hirschman wrote the Rhetoric of Reaction [1]. In this book Keywords: sustainable development; Albert O. Hirschman; pragmatism; planning;.

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See all 12 reviews. It’s strongly recommended for conservatives, too. I think Hirschman misses one significant reason why it is more successful than jeopardy. Stephen Holmes, University of Chicago.

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reatcion The Rhetoric of Reaction is a bit more diffuse and abstract than those books. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Mention the word exit at any gathering of social scientists, and everyone will free-associate with the idea that complex organizations and processes renew themselves because people will leave for opportunities elsewhere instead of remaining and fighting for change.

Ships from and sold by Rehtoric. His antipathy to reaction, which seeks to thwart innovation, change and reform, is gently stated but palpable.

Hirschman was Professor of Social Science, Emeritus, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, following a career of prestigious appointments, honors, and awards. The Cambridge Companion to Tocqueville. Recalling Thomas Humphrey Marshall ‘s theory of the development of citizenship in the West by which civil, political, and social dimensions of citizenship are successively achieved, Hirschman illustrates the rhetoric of reactionaries through citing arguments concerning three major reforms: Freedom of Speech — The Unreachable Mirage.


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Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 3. His writing is poetic — not florid but closely observed — which may baffle Hirschman’s colleagues in the fields of economics and social science, who expect arcane mathematical abstractions and general rules or principles. Rethinking Liberalism for the 21st Century.

His study raises some unstated questions about geaction psychology of conservatism, the tendency of the populous to be drawn in by such arguments, and the ease with which they can be deployed in short soundbites making them ideal for a modern mass media.

It is breathtakingly simple, yet deep with implications Justice, Humanity and the New World Order. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Charmingly written, rhetorid book can benefit a diverse readership. Jeopardy requires one to think about trade-offs between two or more separate but interdependent axes of goods and values, while perversity simply argues that we will go the wrong way along a single axis. With engaging wit and subtle irony, Albert Hirschman maps the diffuse and treacherous world of reactionary rhetoric in which conservative public figures, thinkers, and polemicists have been arguing against progressive agendas and reforms for the past two hundred years.


Albert O. Hirschman: The Rhetoric of Reaction

Futility often exists as a fallback position: I think that the French Revolution itself did force progressives to look at the potential costs of revolution more closely, and that itself may have helped to radicalize the rhetoric. Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy by Albert O.

Hirschman, an admitted progressive, examines reactionary and conservative arguments of three types:. Overall rating No ratings yet 0.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. March 1, Imprint: There can be no question about his most characteristic [book]: Views Read Edit View history. Sunstein New York Review of Books Events, and the example of a thinker like Hirschmanmake it possible at least to hope that the finer side of the Enlightenment–that is, a skeptical but optimistic engagement with the world as it is, as distinct from blindingly overexcited visions of how it might be, if only progressives would stop interfering with it–could soon have its day.