Revolution vs. Democracy (revolution and conterrevolution in Egypt)

Revolution vs. Democracy (revolution and conterrevolution in Egypt)

Grinin L.Ye.,

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Principal Researcher, Centre for Stability and Risk Analysis, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Leading Researcher, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences,

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Korotayev A.V.,

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Dr. Sci. (Hist.), Professor, Head of Centre for Stability and Risk Analysis, HSE University; Senior Research Fellow, RUDN University; Professor of the Faculty of Global Studies, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University,

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DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2014.03.09

For citation:

Grinin L.Ye., Korotayev A.V. Revolution vs. Democracy (revolution and conterrevolution in Egypt). – Polis. Political Studies. 2014. No. 3. P. 139-158. (In Russ.).


The mass consciousness is filled with stereotype that revolution nowadays definitely leads to establishment of democracy. However, revolutions differ; some of them can cast the society away from its main track of development. One should keep in mind that revolution is an extremely painful and dangerous way to reform a society (especially a transit one). The article deals with various alternatives of correlation between revolutionary events and possibilities to establish a democracy in the context of globalization processes, historic examples and latest events in Egypt.  

democracy; revolution; Middle East; Egypt; reaction; extremists; Islamites; totalitarianism; military coup.

Content No. 3, 2014

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