Development Projects Observed

Hirschman, Albert O.

Published by Brookings Institution, 1967
ISBN 10: 0815736495 / ISBN 13: 9780815736493
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Originally published in 1967, the modest and plainly descriptive title of Development Projects Observed is deceptive. Today, it is recognized as the ultimate volume of Hirschman's groundbreaking trilogy on development, and as the bridge to the broader social science themes of his subsequent writings. Though among his lesser-known works, this unassuming tome is one of his most influential.

It is in this book that Hirschman first shared his now famous "Principle of the Hiding Hand." In an April 2013 New Yorker issue, Malcolm Gladwell wrote an appreciation of the principle, described by Cass Sunstein in the book's new foreword as "a bit of a trick up history's sleeve." It can be summed up as a phenomenon in which people's inability to foresee obstacles leads to actions that succeed because people have far more problem-solving ability that they anticipate or appreciate.

And it is in Development Projects Observed that Hirschman laid the foundation for the core of his most important work, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, and later led to the concept of an "exit strategy."

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Albert O. Hirschman (1915-2012) was an influential economist who is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary intellectuals. His other books include Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States (Harvard University Press, 1970) and The Strategy of Economic Development (Yale University Press, 1958).

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Title: Development Projects Observed
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Publication Date: 1967
Book Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition.

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ISBN 10: 0815736495 ISBN 13: 9780815736493
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Book Description Dec 01, 1967. Condition: Used: Acceptable. Acceptable condition paperback, minor rub wear to covers and heavy age tanning over spine. Pages in good clean order throughout with light age tanning only. Development Projects Observed [Dec 01, 1967] Hirschman, Albert O. Seller Inventory # SR 27 6004

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