By the same authors

From the same journal

From the same journal

The Great Wall of Silence: Voice-Silence Dynamics in Authoritarian Regimes

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Published copy (DOI)

Author(s)

Department/unit(s)

Publication details

JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
DateSubmitted - 15 Nov 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 14 Jul 2020
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 22 Jul 2020
Number of pages25
Pages (from-to)1-25
Early online date22/07/20
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

How does the voice-silence dynamics affect the durability of authoritarian regimes? This article reformulates Hirschman’s voice, loyalty, exit model to answer this question. It demonstrates that the model’s heuristic value is significantly hampered by conceptual imprecision around the category of voice, a narrow understanding of exit, and – in particular – the neglect of the category of silence. Once these categories are conceptually reworked, and silence is placed next to voice and exit – as a core concept, not a residual category, in the model – the “dictator’s dilemma” emerges as a “silence paradox” hinting at some of authoritarianism’s main vulnerabilities. The case of China is used to illustrate the article’s key theoretical-conceptual advancements.

Bibliographical note

© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an author-produced version of the published paper. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self-archiving policy. Further copying may not be permitted; contact the publisher for details.

Discover related content

Find related publications, people, projects, datasets and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations