In his book, Taking Power, On the Origins of Third World Revolutions (2005, Cambridge University Press), sociologist John Foran calculates a series of causal factors behind the development and success of revolutions.
According to Foran, the necessary ingredients for nearly all revolutions in the 20th century have been:
Exclusionary or colonial rule, or democratic polities.
Political cultures of opposition.
An economic downturn.
A world-system opening.
A revolutionary outbreak which encompasses a multi-class, -national, -gender coalition.
Additionally, as part of the outcome of revolutionary movements, successful revolutions are those which develop under the guidance and protection of a centralized and organized force in the form of a post-revolutionary state. Also, despite the initial success of a revolution, features of dependent development never go away quickly and internal forms of oppression may reappear.
What this means:
Dependent development is the economic structuring of a given national economy for the…
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