Toward a Fourth Generation of Revolutionary Theory

  title={Toward a Fourth Generation of Revolutionary Theory},
  author={Jack A. Goldstone},
  journal={Annual Review of Political Science},
  • J. Goldstone
  • Published 2001
  • Sociology
  • Annual Review of Political Science
Third-generation theories of revolution pointed to the structural vulnerabilities of regimes as the basic causes of revolutions. In the last decade, critics of structural theories have argued for the need to incorporate leadership, ideology, and processes of identification with revolutionary movements as key elements in the production of revolution. Analyses of revolutions in developing countries and in communist regimes have further argued for incorporating these factors and for the inadequacy… 
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