Gorbachev and Yeltsin as Leaders

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Cambridge University Press, 2002 - History - 331 pages
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Examining the strategies employed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin to build leadership authority, George Breslauer focuses on the power of ideas, as leaders use them to mobilize support and to craft an image as effective problem solvers, indispensable consensus builders, and symbols of national unity. Throughout the book, Breslauer compares Gorbachev and Yeltsin, and Khrushchev and Brezhnev, analyzing the changes in policy, the strategies, and the political dilemmas that are common to all four administrations. He addresses such questions as: Could Yeltsin have pursued a more beneficial path to a market economy, despite Western advisors and actions of the International Monetary Fund? For the chapters about Gorbachev, Breslauer was able to interview former members of the leader's politburo, including those who plotted Gorbachev's overthrow. Interested in how leaders make changes, Breslauer looks at how these leaders justified their actions and outflanked their opponents. Breslauer sheds new light on the end of Soviet communism and Russia's transition to a market economy. George W. Breslauer, is Dean of Social Sciences and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written and edited ten books about Soviet and post-Soviet politics and foreign policy, including Counterfactual Thought Experiments in World Politics (Princeton University Press, 1996) and Khrushchev and Brezhnev as Leaders (London: Allen and Unwin, 1982). In 1998, he was awarded the Chancellor's Professorship for combining excellence in research, teaching, and university service and was most recently appointed Dean of Social Sciences at Berkeley.
  

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Though Gorbachev and Yeltsin are the fathers of contemporary Russia, they are still enigmas in the West. We rarely understand the leadership dilemmas of the former "Evil Empire"; our popular press ... Read full review

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Contents

Leadership Strategies in Soviet and PostSoviet Politics
1
Gorbachev and Yeltsin Personalities and Beliefs
22
The Rise of Gorbachev
41
Gorbachev Ascendant
59
Gorbachev on the Political Defensive
79
Yeltsin versus Gorbachev
108
Yeltsin Ascendant
141
Yeltsin on the Political Defensive
174
Yeltsin Lashes Out The Invasion of Chechnya December 1994
196
Yeltsins Many Last Hurrahs
214
Explaining Leaders Choices 19851999
231
Criteria for the Evaluation of Transformational Leaders
262
Evaluating Gorbachev as Leader
271
Evaluating Yeltsin as Leader
295
Index
319
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