Rethinking Revolutions: a Neo‐Tocquevillian Perspective

Steven Pincus

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577482 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Rethinking Revolutions: a Neo‐Tocquevillian Perspective

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This article presents a neo-Tocquevillian perspective of revolutions. It begins by defining revolution and views modernization as a characteristic of revolution. Demography and state modernization are discussed in the following two sections. It then determines when state modernization gives rise to revolution and some of its open and closed outcomes. This article shows that revolutions occur only when the old regime commits itself to state modernization.

Keywords: neo-Tocquevillian perspective; revolution; modernization; demography; state modernization; old regime

Article.  9096 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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