Negotiating the End of Transition: A Network Approach to Political Discourse Dynamics, Hungary 1997

Vedres, Balázs; Csigo, Peter

The initial question of this paper is how the large scale social process of postsocialist transition ends. We argue that transition is closed by discursive innovations in the political field, rather than just spontaneous crystallization. The political field is depicted as a dynamic symbolic structure that is an arena of local action. First the possible discourse positions are extracted from the two mode network of speech acts and statements. Then using these typical positions the dynamics of responses and responses to responses is explored. We give an account of an emergent univocal government position that represents a successful role claim (an exit from the loops of local action) on the government's side to coherently frame the end of transition.


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Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University
ISERP Working Papers, 02-06
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December 2002.