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Paige' agrarian revolution supplied a theoretical framework which creatively explores the linkage among types of fiscal and social association and collective political pursuits

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3. The figure indicates that Eayment in land leads to an avoidance of any risk that might precipitate lafldlessness orread fo gams fOFlne-taJltlte-ss--a't the expenseorpropertyowners·-andthat"Theseecoocfmiccharac1e['iSfiCs'linmn' lead to po@caIco-DSeniatism;=ideiitifiCaJi'on"wltil'thelliierestof large landowner';, a~da corresponding resistance to politi~dicalism, Cultivators dra;'ing thclr income from land therefore are not likely to form strong parties in their own interests, although they may support strong landowners' parties.

29 The conservatism of smal asant subsistence farmers is a result of the precarious riatu 0 pe sa . ag-rkultural pro u~n and. oStpeasant"socfeties:""As Eric Wolflo has'pointed oliCibe'peasaiif depends-on-a-"tiliri"margii1"6e-tWe-en maximum production and starvation. This margin is reduced by the extraction of the upper classes which are supported by peasants' production. In the commercial hacienda system the cultivator is essentially a small peasant producer whose surplus is Is 27 Doreen Warriner.

Farmers. While peasant 'cbriservatism sometimes attrib: uted to the' restraining effect of the "culture of poverty" or some similarly backward ideology, it is usually recognized as a rational response to the economic conditions of peasant life. 29 The conservatism of smal asant subsistence farmers is a result of the precarious riatu 0 pe sa . ag-rkultural pro u~n and. oStpeasant"socfeties:""As Eric Wolflo has'pointed oliCibe'peasaiif depends-on-a-"tiliri"margii1"6e-tWe-en maximum production and starvation.

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