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Dual power and the institutions of working-class democracy

4:15pm Fri 29 Mar

About this session

From the Russian soviets of 1917 to the Iranian shoras of 1979, revolutions have frequently thrown up forms of radical working-class democracy which threaten to challenge the authority of the capitalist state. Socialists refer to the revolutionary confrontation between these two types of institution as "dual power". This session will explain how this situation can emerge, and how workers can win the battle for power.

Recommended Reading

Soviet Powerby Alex Callinicosin International Socialism Journal
The Dual Powerby Vladimir Lenin
Chapter 11: Dual Powerby Leon Trotskyin The History of the Russian Revolution
The Western Soviets: Workers' councils versus parliament, 1915–20by Donny Gluckstein
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