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The 'Velvet Revolution' and the Limits of Rational Choice Models

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Saxonberg, Steven

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Abstract Examines the limitations of two rational choice models in explaining the Velvet Revolution in the former Czechoslovakia, based in part on 1992/93 interviews with former student leaders & civic forum activists. Two important conclusions are reached: (1) In nonviolent revolutions such as that in Czechoslovakia, the main collective action problem for political entrepreneurs is communication, rather than collective incentives. (2) Rationalist models need to take into account the time factor, because the utility of participating in a revolution can vary over time.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Rational Choice; Czechoslovakia; Social Revolution; Collective Action; Communication; Youth Movements; Social Participation
Document language English
Publication Year 1999
Page/Pages p. 23-36
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 7 (1999) 1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications