Little known to the general public and impossible to categorise for specialists, Albert Hirschman is best known for introducing the idea of “unbalanced growth” into economics. Focusing on the ideas of development and emergence, his analyses concerning collective action have considerable impact on sociology and political science.
This work invites us to discover or reread a great author who is a major reference for anyone who believes in the unity of the social sciences.
Cyrille Ferraton is a senior lecturer at Paul-Valéry Université Montpellier 3 (ART-Dev – UMR 5281). He is the author of Associations et coopératives. Une autre histoire économique (Associations and cooperatives. A different economic history. (Érès, 2007) and La Propriété (Property) (Larousse, 2009).
Ludovic Frobert is research director at the CNRS (Maison française d’ Oxford). He recently published Le Solitaire du ravin. Pierre Charnier (1795-1857), prud’homme tisseur et canut (The recluse of the ravine. Pierre Charnier (1795-1857), member of the weavers’ industrial tribunal and silk worker (ENS éditions, 2014) and co-edited Quand les socialistes inventaient l’avenir (1825-1852) (When the socialists invented the future) (1825-1852) (La Découverte, 2015).