Rethinking Revolution: Integrating Origins, Processes and Outcomes

Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 18-32, 2009

15 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2010

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Jack A. Goldstone

George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government

Date Written: January 5, 2010

Abstract

Revolutions are distinguished by differences in processes, as well as outcomes. By separating revolutionary processes into distinct components, we can distinguish varied types by the sequence and combination in which particular components appear. In particular, the 'color' revolutions in recent years show a distinct pattern of unfolding. However, this is not entirely novel – these events share many feature with other revolutions that had previously been considered anomalous, such as the American Revolution, and the British 'Glorious' Revolution of 1688.

Keywords: Revolution, color revolutions, structure, processes

Suggested Citation

Goldstone, Jack A., Rethinking Revolution: Integrating Origins, Processes and Outcomes (January 5, 2010). Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 18-32, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1531915

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