HIRSCHMAN THE PASSIONS AND THE INTERESTS PDF

Of course, before the dawn of capitalism, the pursuit of economic interests was considered one of the worst passions; avarice was always a foe of the Platonic conception of Reason and the Christian view of the Truth. Nevertheless, with the decline of feudalism and the rise of absolutist monarchies, the great concern of thinkers like Hobbes was the rising power of the state and the passions that led monarchs into ruinous external and civil wars. In this context, the pursuit of wealth was transformed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries into the pursuit of material interest. Two eighteen century thinkers at the center of this argument were Montesquieu and Sir James Steuart. Overall, the pursuit of individual interest was therefore assigned the role of a mid-way countervailing force, a force that contained the passions of humanity, and particularly the passions of political leaders. Put another way, making money was no longer considered a purposeful bulwark against excess, but an ironic and unseen force of social stability and peacefulness.

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He had a sister, Ursula Hirschmann. He worked for the Institute for Advanced Study from — until his death. Here he emphasized the need for unbalanced growth. He argued that disequilibria should be encouraged to stimulate growth and help mobilize resources, because developing countries are short of decision making skills.

Key to this was encouraging industries with many linkages to other firms. In Exit, Voice, and Loyalty he described the three basic possible responses to decline in firms or polities quitting, speaking up, staying quiet. In The Passions and the Interests Hirschmann recounts a history of the ideas laying the intellectual groundwork for capitalism.

Capitalism was promoted by thinkers including Montesquieu, Sir James Steuart, and Adam Smith as repressing the passions for "harmless" commercial activities. Hirschman noted that terms including "vice" and "passion" gave way to "such bland terms" as "advantage" and "interest. Herfindahl proposed a similar index but without the square root , apparently unaware of the prior work. Books[ edit ] National Power and the Structure of Foreign Trade expanded ed.

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Hirschman traces this line of argument through Steuart, Smith, Quesnay, and so forth. For some Montesquieu, Smith , these forces are embodied in capitalists and capitalist institutions; for others the Physiocrats , they are embodied in the rulers themselves. Ironically, it is in Tocqueville that Hirschman sees a viable counterargument. Tocqueville worries that by sublimating themselves to their interests, people come to ignore all but law and order, and will all too willingly subjugate themselves to a ruler who promises them pursuit of their private interests. Says Tocqueville: These people think they follow the doctrine of interest, but they have only a crude idea of what it is, and, to watch the better over what they call their business, they neglect the principal part of it which is to remain their own masters. And this sounds to me like a prescient prediction of the death of the American Dream, later described in graphic detail by C.

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The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph

He had a sister, Ursula Hirschmann. He worked for the Institute for Advanced Study from — until his death. Here he emphasized the need for unbalanced growth. He argued that disequilibria should be encouraged to stimulate growth and help mobilize resources, because developing countries are short of decision making skills. Key to this was encouraging industries with many linkages to other firms. In Exit, Voice, and Loyalty he described the three basic possible responses to decline in firms or polities quitting, speaking up, staying quiet. In The Passions and the Interests Hirschmann recounts a history of the ideas laying the intellectual groundwork for capitalism.

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