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To leave, or ‘to vote with one's feet’. According to A. O. Hirschman's economic analysis of the relationship between group members and group leaders, members of organizations may express their dissatisfaction with leaders by leaving the organization. While the option of leaving remains viable, members may use the threat of exit as a way of exerting pressure on leaders. The possibility, terms, and control of the ‘exit option’ are consequently viewed as important dimensions of intra‐group politics. See also voice.


Subjects: Politics.

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