The Link between Revolution and Sovereign Dictatorship: Reflections on the Russian Constituent Assembly (1918)

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Andrew Arato

New School for Social Research

Date Written: October-November 2016

Abstract

The piece analyzes the history and the lessons of the sad history of the All Russian Constituent Assembly of 1918. While recognizing the drive to Bolshevik dictatorship behind the events, it also points to the role of the sovereign constituent assembly form in the outcome. I consider "what could have been done", and the possible results of a better way (based on my theory of post sovereign constitution making) for the domestication of the dual power of the time in terms of an institutionalized dualistic form of democracy.

Keywords: constituent assembly, dictatorship, soviets

JEL Classification: K

Suggested Citation

Arato, Andrew, The Link between Revolution and Sovereign Dictatorship: Reflections on the Russian Constituent Assembly (1918) (October-November 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3116186 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3116186

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