Extremism in revolutionary movements

@article{Shadmehr2015ExtremismIR,
  title={Extremism in revolutionary movements},
  author={Mehdi Shadmehr},
  journal={Games and Economic Behavior},
  year={2015},
  volume={94},
  pages={97-121}
}
A revolutionary entrepreneur strategically chooses the revolutionary agenda to maximize the likelihood of revolution. Citizens have different preferences and can contribute varying degrees of support. This presents the revolutionary entrepreneur with a tradeoff between extensive and intensive margins of support. We show: (1) Extremists exert a disproportionate influence over the revolutionary agenda; (2) Depending on the structure of repression, more severe repression can moderate or radicalize… CONTINUE READING

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