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Transition Studies Review

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 650–659 | Cite as

Exit, Voice, Loyalty in Transition: A Theoretical Framework

  • Zsolt Szabó
Society, Policy, Institutions and Governance

Abstract

On the grounds of borrowing and reforming Hirschman’s terminology, ‘exit, voice, loyalty’, we show both a conceptual and a methodological framework that can be used to raise questions in transitology studies. These issues include the following points: are there any models being developed concerning the transition countries?; are there any similar models in Western Europe?; is there any convergence between the models of both Eastern and Western Europe? If the answer to the last issue is yes, then in which areas? Or if it is a no, is it true that a special economic, social and also political system is developing in Eastern Europe? Another issue concerns how strong the growth potential of the different models is. It also examines which are the successful models and which are not, and what is the role of the economic and political elite in the development of these models. This study includes only the theoretical framework.

Keywords

Eastern Europe Institutions Market Conflict resolution Models of development 

JEL Classification

B52 D52 D72 D74 P50 P51 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank Péter Gedeon, Thomas Kloster-Jensen Macintyre, Erzsébet Kovács, Szabolcs Szajp, Balázs Pálvölgyi, Barbara Lovas and András Sugár for their very helpful comments and suggestions. The usual disclaimers apply.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Multidisciplinary Doctoral School of International Relations, World Economy DepartmentCorvinus UniversityBudapestHungary

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