Democracy, Freedom, and Social Change in the Works of Albert Hirschman


Albert Hirschman was one of the pioneers of development economics and an astute observer of how political forces influence economic activity. Hirschman was particularly influential in Latin America, and his book Exit, Voice, and Loyalty is a classic in political economy. We examined Hirschman's work in development economics, political economy, and interest group politics in democratic market-oriented societies.


Conference Readings

Hirschman, Albert O. The Rhetoric of Reaction: Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991.

Hirschman, Albert O. The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism before its Triumph (Twentieth Anniversary edition). Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Hirschman, Albert O. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Hirschman, Albert O. Shifting Involvements: Private Interest and Public Action. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 1982.

Hirschman, Albert O. The Strategy of Economic Development. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1958.

Hirschman, Albert O. A Propensity to Self-Subversion. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 1995.