ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Albert Hirschman (1915-2012)

An Intellectual for All Seasons

Albert Hirschman's scholarly inclinations were broad as was his audience and readership. He often married economic and political reasoning in his scholarship and made a lasting impact in such specific areas of study as development and international political economy.

Albert Otto Hirschman was a towering intellectual of the 20th century. His voluminous writings on economics, politics and intellectual history were read and admired widely. While trained as an economist in pre-second world war Europe, his scholarly inclinations were much broader, as was his audience and readership.

He often married economic and political reasoning in his scholarship and made a lasting impact in such specific areas of study as development and international political economy. His scholarly concerns were also broader, however, focused as they were on understanding human behaviour, especially behaviour of those facing difficult economic and political con­str­aints within organisations. Hirschman’s recent death marks the passing of a great political economy scholar; his scholarship deserves to live on.

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