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Bourgeoisie, State and DemocracyRussia, Britain, France, Germany, and the USA$
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Graeme Gill

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544684.001.0001

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The Bourgeoisie: Creators of Democracy?

The Bourgeoisie: Creators of Democracy?

(p.1) 1 The Bourgeoisie: Creators of Democracy?
Bourgeoisie, State and Democracy

Graeme Gill (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the notion of the bourgeoisie and the role that has been attributed to it in political change, in particular democratization. It canvasses the variety of views about its role in creating democracy, as reflected in three works, viz. Moore, Rueschemeyer, Stephens and Stephens, and Kurth. The problem with the approaches of these authors is that they fail to show how the bourgeoisie became integrated into the respective national political systems. The chapter discusses the various cases to be analysed, including the issue of the comparability of contemporary Russia with the historical experiences of Britain, France, Germany, and the USA.

Keywords:   bourgeoisie, democratization, Marx, Moore, Rueschemeyer, Kurth

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