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Strong States, Weak States: The Role of the State in Revolution
Evenly B. Davidheiser
Vol. 24, No. 4 (Jul., 1992), pp. 463-475
Published by: Comparative Politics, Ph.D. Programs in Political Science, City University of New York
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/422155
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Past studies addressing the role of the state in revolution have argued that weak states are most often associated with revolution. This article argues the converse—that strong states are more likely to be associated with revolution than are weak ones. The argument is founded on a clear definition of state strength based on three criteria: the depth of penetration of society by policy institutions, the breadth of penetration of society by policy institutions, and the penetration of the state by society, or permeability. The argument is buttressed by case studies of Russia (1870-1917), Germany (1871-1933), and Sweden (1870-1932).
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