chapter  6
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Negotiated Revolutions

Heeding Alexis de Tocqueville's warning of the 'ignorance of men', this chapter does not make any particular claim of 'newness'. Rather, it looks backwards as wen as forwards, illustrating the relative novelty of the concept of negotiated revolution through comparison, both theoretical and empirical, with the great revolutions of the modem era. At an times, the three case studies employed in this book are used to chanenge its theoretical assertions. The Chilean case, in particular, is used as a counterfactual to test the central argument - that, as the principal examples of relatively peaceful, yet revolutionary, transformations between autocracies and market democracies, negotiated revolutions have distinct and profound consequences both for the international system in general, and for those states facing similar contexts and pressures in particular.