Private Truths, Public Lies

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Harvard University Press, 1997 - Business & Economics - 423 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

Collective Conservatism
105
The Obstinacy of Communism
118
The Ominous Perseverance of the Caste System
128
The Unwanted Spread of Affirmative Action
137
Public Discourse and Private Knowledge
157
The Unthinkable and the Unthought
176
The Caste Ethic of Submission
196
The Blind Spots of Communism
205
The Unfading Specter of White Racism
222
Unforeseen Political Revolutions
247
The Fall of Communism and Other Sudden Overturns
261
Notes
351
Index
409
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Timur Kuran is Professor of Economics and Political Science and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University.

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