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Economic Origins of the Iranian Revolution
Economic Origins of the Iranian Revolution
By Robert E. Looney
Pergamon Press, 1982, 302 pp

Essentially this is a history of Iran's successive development plans over 30 years, how well (or badly) they worked, and how such factors as maldistribution of income, inflation and neglect of agriculture contributed to the mass discontent of the late 1970s. A book for economists, often mired in theory and statistics, it is nevertheless a real contribution to our understanding of how an apparently stable and confident regime in a rich oil-producing country dissolved in chaos.