This is primarily, but not exclusively, a book on Lindblom. All the pieces in it bear on his work, either as direct commentary on it or criticism of it, or as extensions of his ideas. But at the same time every piece follows the trajectory of its own ideas into the subject matter in which it delves. And these subjects are many and varied. Indeed, the prime purpose of this volume is to make the broad public aware of the full scope and amplitude of Lindblom' s thought and to convey something of the inner coherence that governs it. Anyone who has previously encountered Lindblom only in one manifestation of his multifaceted mind might be surprised to learn that there are so many other facets as well. Merely to list the disciplines to which he has contributed threatens to extend into an academic catalogue of ships. But the truth is that his work is not docilely academic, it refuses to lie down neatly and supinely into the procrustean beds of the established disciplines. Like his closest predecessor, Veblen, he offers a comprehensive treatment of social reality as a whole -- together with something of the same heretical thrust against the academic establishment.
Preface -- Introductory Comment: The Pattern in the Work -- Studies in Lindblomian Theory -- Bold Critic, Cautious Reformer, Skeptical but Hopeful Rationalist -- Knowledge, Power, and Democracy: Lindblom, Critical Theory, and Postmodernism -- Impairments Come from Cultures: The Anti-Gramsci, or the Confessions of a Culturally Biased Social Scientist -- From Pluralism to Multiplism: The Theory of Representative Democracy from Hamilton to Lindblom -- Time and Purpose in the Language of Social Science -- Studies in Policy-Making -- Incrementalism, Intelligent Trial-and-Error, and the Future of Political Decision Theory -- Authority and Public Policy: Solving the Political Problem -- The Good Society and the Commercial Republic -- The Interplay of Social Science and Prior Knowledge in Policy and Practice1 -- Market Versus State-Centred Approaches to American Education: Does Either Make Much Sense?1 -- Studies in Polity and Economy -- Lindblom on Business Power and Public Policy -- Ideas, Interests and policy Change -- What Is Modern Capitalism? -- Failure of the Logic of Collective Action: "Rational" Work Avoidance and Social Loafing1 -- Concluding Comment: A Case Study of the Practice of Social Science