Private Truths, Public Lies

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Harvard University Press, Jun 16, 1998 - Business & Economics - 439 pages
Drawing on diverse intellectual traditions, including those rooted in economics, psychology, sociology, and political science, Kuran provides a unified theory of how preference falsification shapes collective decisions, orients structural change, sustains social stability, distorts human knowledge, and conceals political possibilities.
 

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Contents

Preface
Collective Conservatism
The Obstinacy of Communism
The Ominous Perseverance of the Caste System
The Unwanted Spread of Affirmative Action
Public Discourse and Private Knowledge
The Unthinkable and the Unthought
The Caste Ethic of Submission
Generating Surprise
Unforeseen Political Revolutions
The Fall of Communism and Other Sudden Overturns
The Hidden Complexities of Social Evolution
From Slavery to Affirmative Action
Preference Falsification and Social Analysis
Notes
Index

The Blind Spots of Communism
The Unfading Specter of White Racism

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