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Plasticity into Power By Roberto Mangabeira Unger

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Unger pursues this topic through wide-ranging historical inquiries into the European escape from the recurring crises that foreclosed political and economic breakthroughs in the great empires of the past; the invention of revolutionary approaches to the governmental protection of wealth; and the social conditions of military success,.

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Plasticity into Power by Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Plasticity into power works out, through historical examples, a major theme of Unger's work--the relation between institutional and organizational flexibility and the development of our collective ability to produce or to destroy. The message of the book is that the practical success of a society depends on its capacity for permanent innovation. Certain practices and institutions--the history and content of which Unger explores--can nurture this capacity. Unger pursues this topic through wide-ranging historical inquiries into the European escape from the recurring crises that foreclosed political and economic breakthroughs in the great empires of the past; the invention of revolutionary approaches to the governmental protection of wealth; and the social conditions of military success, viewed as sources of insight into the social foundations of economic growth. Throughout, Plasticity into Power exemplifies a conception of the relation between theory and history that remains faithful to the surprising, open-ended quality of lived experience.

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"[Unger] does not make moves in any game we know how to play ...[His] book may someday make possible a new national romance ... [It] will help the literate ... citizens of some country to see vistas where before they saw only dangers--see a hitherto undreamt-of national future..."-- Richard Rorty "A philosophical mind out of the Third World turning the tables, to become synoptist and seer of the First."-- Perry Anderson

About Roberto Mangabeira Unger


Widely regarded as one of the world's leading social and political thinkers, Roberto Mangabeira Unger is Professor of Law at Harvard University and active in Brazilian politics. With Verso he has published What Should Legal Analysis Become?, Politics: The Central Texts and Democracy Realized: The Progressive Alternative.

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GOR007078668
Plasticity into Power by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Verso Books
2004-10-20
240
1844675165
9781844675166
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