Albert Hirschman, possibilism and evaluation

Journal title RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione
Author/s Nicoletta Stame
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2015/62
Language Italian Pages 2 P. 101-102 File size 249 KB
DOI 10.3280/RIV2015-062008
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Most of Hirschman’s theories and mechanisms is present, although not openly recognized, in a series of recent evaluation approaches, from theory-based evaluation to positive thinking approaches. This refers to some topoi of evaluation, as the complexity of programs, ways and timing of implementation, expected and un-expected consequences, lessons learned, evaluation uses, multidisciplinarity. By proposing such a dialogue between Hirschman and contemporary evaluators, the author shows that Hirschman can be considered at the same time a forerunner and a valid interlocutor, and that his thinking can strengthen the theoretical basis of those approaches, while helping to challenge theories and methodologies given for granted in traditional approaches to evaluation, whose validity is at stake.

Keywords: Complexity, Mechanisms, Alternative Actions, Possibilism, Trespassing.

Nicoletta Stame, Albert Hirschman per i valutatori. Introduzione in "RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione" 62/2015, pp 101-102, DOI: 10.3280/RIV2015-062008