Revolution and the Rebirth of Inequality

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Revolution and the Rebirth of Inequality

By Jonathan Kelley and Herbert S. Klein
University of California Press, 1982
200 pp. $26.50

Employing a wealth of scholarly tools, the authors examine the 1952 revolution in Bolivia and conclude with a generalization of wide-ranging significance and applicability: revolution leads to the rebirth of inequality. Any change that redistributes wealth from rich to poor and provides new opportunities has a dual nature. It improves the lot of those previously exploited, but it produces growing inequality among the new beneficiaries and "as inequality grows, the more successful have ever larger advantages to pass on to their children, and so inherited privilege grows as well." An earlier draft of this book won an award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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