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Albert O. Hirschman. Essai de cartographie intellectuelle

Abstract : In distancing itself from polemics between orthodox and heterodox economists, the present article offers a rereading of the works of Albert Hirschman on the basis of Adelman’s recently published biography of him (2013). Three main lines are identified: the economy of development, the political history of economic ideas and collective action. However, more than a convergence among these themes, which would have resulted in a project for a new political economy, I discuss their weak articulation and the cosnequently fragmented character of this body of work. Hirschman’s complex relationship to economic thought – a matter at once of adherence and avoidance – certainly influenced this observation. Hirschman’s most influential contributions have more to do with the conduct of reform and development projects. They are thus alive to the unanticipated consequences of intentional action and the possibility for collective projects in an unpredictable world in which adherence and renegotiation are always threatened by abandonment and opportunism.
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Jérôme Sgard. Albert O. Hirschman. Essai de cartographie intellectuelle. Critique Internationale, Presses de sciences po, 2017, pp.141 - 164. ⟨10.3917/crii.077.0141⟩. ⟨hal-03399661⟩

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