Explaining Revolutions from Below
East Germany in 1989
By Karl-Dieter Opp
Judging by surveys conducted in 1990, East German protesters overestimated the probability that they would succeed in changing their regime, the distinguished German sociologist argues in this reply to Susanne Lohmanns article in The Independent Review last fall. Analysis of survey data tells us much more about the protesters actual attitudes than does Lohmanns formal model, with its unrealistic assumptions and lack of empirical input.
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