Political organization and political participation: exit, voice, and loyalty in preindustrial societies

Comparative Politics Vol/Iss. 21 Published In Pages: 73-89
By Ross, Marc Howard


This article examines causes of political participation in pre-industrial societies, particularly the level of resources and organization of resources. Hirschman’s concepts of exit, voice, and loyalty are also discussed. A distinction is made between range of community decision-making and the degree of adult involvement. Results from a multiple regression analysis favor the more structural variables (i.e. organization of resources) in the prediction of political participation.

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