n Professional Accountant - South African women in dialogue forum

Volume 2008 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1680-7537


Development economist Albert Hirschman wrote a book entitled Exit, Voice and Loyalty nearly forty years ago that provides an unusual and insightful perspective on the interface between personal integrity and the public interest in times of governance failure or conflict. There is a dilemma here that many of us have engaged with, one way or another, in the course of South Africa's political evolution, and perhaps particularly in the past few weeks. In challenging times there is an unavoidable tension between the politics of exit and the exercise of voice, and we should not be surprised that the demands of loyalty are felt differently by people who view events through different windows.

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