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Title: Review of 'Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman' by Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University Press (Footprint Books), $74 hb, 754 pp, 9780691155678, and: 'The Essential Hirschman' edited by Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University Press (Footprint Books), $47.95 hb, 401 pp, 9780691159904
Contributor(s): Walsh, Adrian J (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Albert O. Hirschman (1915-2012) was a development economist and political theorist whose work is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how economic life figures in the political worlds we inhabit and the ways in which we give meaning to our lives in market-based societies. Perhaps best known for the distinction between 'exit' and 'voice', Hirschman was a prolific theorist who wrote about the role individual moral virtue and individual self-interest should play in economic activity, how economic growth in the developing world might best be achieved, and the reactionary rhetoric of neo-conservative politicians in the late 1980s, to list but some of the areas he covered. Hirschman's writing was elegant; further, he understood the importance of the well-chosen word. He was, as this new biography by Jeremy Adelman shows, an economist for whom the essays of Montaigne were as important as the writings of Ricardo and Smith.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Australian Book Review, September(364), p. 29-30
Publisher: Australian Book Review Inc
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
ISSN: 0155-2864
Field of Research (FOR): 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
220102 Business Ethics
220319 Social Philosophy
HERDC Category Description: D2 A Review of Several Works
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