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Brocker I 523
Demand/Hirschman: Hirschman draws a demand curve for a single product of a particular company depending on the quality of that product, not its price. He starts from the ceteris paribus assumption and assumes that costs and price remain the same.
Brocker I 524
Hirschman thesis: the relationship between the strength of emigration due to a quality collapse and the probability of returning to the previous quality should be a nonlinear one: Without emigration there is no incentive to improve quality; in the case of very strong emigration there are no resources to implement it; in the case of moderate emigration, a return to the previous quality is most likely.(1)
Hirschman assumes the same in case of conflicts (see Terminology/Hirschman). (2)
Panther: This is an astonishing anticipation of the role of nonlinearities in explaining complex phenomena as they characterize entire branches of science today.



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. 20
2. Ibid. p. 27

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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