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Brocker I 524
Political Parties/Hirschman: based on his distinction between emigration and conflict (see Terminology/Hirschman), Hirschman expresses the assumption that voters move from party to party before they become involved within the party. See also Competition/Hirschman. Especially Hirschman 1974 (1).
Problem: with this, the demand for a fundamental change could be directed at least for some time into useless alternatives. (2)
Brocker I 526
Hirschman complements the spatial theory of the party competition of Hotelling (3), which predicts a convergence of political positions in the middle of the political spectrum, with his approach on conflicts: "This is usually done by particularly committed members. Sometimes these party strategists who maximize the votes prevail against them. Hirschman can use this to explain that presidential candidates are clearly to the right or left of the centre.


1. Albert O. Hirschman, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty. Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States, Cambridge, Mass. 1970. Dt.: Albert O. Hirschman, Abwanderung und Widerspruch. Reaktionen auf Leistungsabfall bei Unternehmungen, Organisationen und Staaten, Tübingen 1974, S. 22.
2. Ibid. p. 23.
3. cf. https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/dcstevens/entry/the_hotelling-downs_model/


Stephan Panther, „Albert O. Hirschman, Abwanderung und Widerspruch“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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PolHirschm I
Albert O. Hirschman
The Strategy of Economic Development New Haven 1958

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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