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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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Conclusion: Bourgeoisie, State, and Democracy

Conclusion: Bourgeoisie, State, and Democracy

(p.307) Conclusion: Bourgeoisie, State, and Democracy
Bourgeoisie, State and Democracy

Graeme Gill (Contributor Webpage)

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This concluding chapter explains why the Russian bourgeoisie has been more exploitative of the state than its Western predecessors, and shows how this was related to the patterns of integration into the respective political systems that the different classes were able to achieve. The roles of the state, of state autonomy, and of state officials are also important here. It also shows how, in none of these states, was the bourgeoisie a clear and unambiguous fighter for democracy, although it suggests that the degree of bourgeois integration into the political system may have been influential in the adoption of a democratic trajectory; the better integrated, the less likely the class was to resist democratic pressure from elsewhere in society.

Keywords:   officials, autonomy, integration

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