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The Wrong Way Round

Geoffrey Hawthorn, 17 September 1987

Rival Views of Market Society, and Other Recent Essays 
by Albert Hirschman.
Viking, 197 pp., £18.95, November 1986, 0 670 81319 2
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Development, Democracy and the Art of Trespassing: Essays in Honour of Albert Hirschman 
edited by Alejandro Foxley, Michael McPherson and Guillermo O’Donnell.
Notre Dame, 379 pp., $25.95, October 1986, 0 268 00859 0
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... reasons for the last are beautifully explained in what must have been one of Carlos Diaz-Alejandro’s last essays, ‘Some Unintended Consequences of Financial Laissez-Faire’, in the Notre Dame collection.) But by 1986, Hirschman’s irrepressible ‘possibilism’, as he calls it, had re-asserted itself. In his new collection, he chides a ...

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