The Vanishing “Shadow of the Future”* (2011)

  • Claus OffeEmail author
Part of the Ausgewählte Schriften von Claus Offe book series (ASCO, volume 1)


“It is a general principle of human nature that a man will be interested in whatever he possesses in proportion to the firmness or precariousness of the tenure by which he holds it” writes Alexander Hamilton in March 1788. (Federalist No. 71) The Latin root of the term “precariousness” refers to the social condition of being dependent upon the favor of others from which one obtains something through entreaty rather than contract. It also refers to a condition of instability, as when an equilibrium is said to be precarious.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Humboldt-Universität Berlin und Hertie School of GovernanceBerlinDeutschland

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