14 February 2011

The political economy of revolution

This is Robert H. Frank's review of Kuran's book Private Truths,
Public Lies: http://bit.ly/gZnPRm.

Frank is a behavioral economist from Cornell. Kuran is an economist
from Duke. Kuran popularized the concept of preference falsification,
which is the idea that people in a public setting often don't tell the

It sounds childishly simple, but it helps explain why revolutions can
strike unexpectedly. I suppose it might explain why revolutions might
spread too.


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