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Shifting Involvements: Private Interest and Public Action

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 27th 2002 by Princeton University Press (first published December 12th 1981)
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unperspicacious
Parts of this are genuinely brilliant, including the overall effort Hirschman made to marshall a diverse array of sources into a full argument about the cyclical nature of private-public engagement. There are some major problems with the argument's coherence. The cherry picking of examples is problematic (see for e.g. his discussion of the supposed absence of political passions once the secret vote was introduced, p. 117-118). There is significant confusion regarding the act of contemplation, as ...more
Robert Wechsler
Apr 24, 2013 Robert Wechsler rated it it was amazing
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This book about what leads people to get involved with public activities in a land that is obsessed with private business and satisfactions.

Hirschman believes there is a collective swing or cycle back and forth between the private and public. The idea that the pursuit of one’s private, material interests is a “wholly legitimate form of conduct, one that may in fact be preferable, from the point of view of society, to a life of intensive involvement with public affairs” is a recent phenomenon.

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Diego
Jun 11, 2016 Diego rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hirschman elucida las causas de que las personas se muevan entre las esferas pública y privada y los cambios de preferencias que hacen que las personas decidan pasar de ser ciudadanos privados a ser activos en las causas colectivas.

De acuerdo a la hipótesis de Hirschman la democracia de voto secreto como conocemos ha terminado por encarcelar las emociones del ciudadano, misma critica que hacia John Stuart Mill.

El libro es pequeño pero ofrece reflexiones interesantes sobre la democracia liberal
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