Crime and Punishment in Soviet Officialdom: Combating Corruption in the Political Elite, 1965-1990
This pioneering study of official corruption and the politics of anticorruption campaigns offers a comprehensive empirical, comparative, and theoretical analysis of this phenomenon as both system and symptom. This volume covers the 25-year period beginning with the ouster of Nikita Khruschev and ending with the final years of the Gorbachev period. It highlights the structure, impact, and function of political elite corruption during this period as reflective of an overall societal malaise exacerbated by the Brezhnev leadership's unique approach to problem solving and reform. Assessing both the positive and negative consequences of societal and official corruption for a declining Soviet political and economic system , the author provides evidence of the political leadership's ambiguous position on certain types of illegal behavior, its arbitrariness in combating corruption, and its propensity at times to see corruption as an alternative to real formal institutional reform. The author examines the Soviet case in comparative perspective, linking the corruption of the so-called period of stagnation with not only the Russian and Soviet historical record but also the general theoretical literature on corruption in other political settings. Complementing the extant literature on the various Soviet markets (black, colored, parallel). Clark's treatment of corruption within Soviet officialdom highlights the importance of both formal and informal institutions in politics.
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