Economic Problems of Revolution

Vladimir Mau and Irina Starodubrovskaya

in The Challenge of Revolution

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780199241507
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599835 | DOI:
 Economic Problems of Revolution

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Revolutions are not simply political processes that tend towards economic outcomes, but contain their own economic logic. This chapter examines the role of finance and budgeting in a revolution, and explains how the changing balance between growing resource needs and shrinking resource availability, plus the tendency to misuse monetary mechanisms for political advantage, decrease the ability of an ancien régime to survive.

Keywords: theory of revolution; economic policy

Chapter.  15348 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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