This book aims to make the broad public aware of the full scope and amplitude of Charles E. Lindblom's thought and to convey something of the inner coherence that governs it. It presents his works either as direct commentary on it or criticism of it, or as extensions of his ideas.
Introductory Comment: The Pattern in the Work Part One: Studies in Lindblomian Theory 1. Bold Critic, Cautious Reformer, Skeptical but Hopeful Rationalist 2. Knowledge, Power, and Democracy: Lindblom, Critical Theory, and Postmodernism 3. Impairments Come from Cultures: The Anti-Gramsci or the Confessions of a Culturally Biased Social Scientist 4. From Pluralism to Multiplism: The Theory of Representative Democracy from Hamilton to Lindblom 5. Time and Purpose in the Language of Social Science Part Two: Studies in Policy-Making 6. Incrementalism, Intelligent Trial-and-Error the Future of Political Decision Theory 7. Authority and Public Policy: Solving the Political Problem 8. The Good Society and the Commercial Republic 9. The Interplay of Social Science and Prior Knowledge in Policy and Practice 10. Market Versus State-Centred Approaches to American Education: Does Either Make Much Sense? Part Three: Studies in Polity and Economy 11. Lindblom on Business Power and Public Policy 12. Ideas, Interests and Policy Change 13. What is Modem Capitalism? 14. Failure of the Logic of Collective Action: "Rational" Work Avoidance and Social Loafing