The Dynamics of Soviet Politics

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Paul Cocks, Robert Vincent Daniels, Nancy Whittier Heer, Nancy Heer
Harvard University Press, 1976 - History - 427 pages
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The Dynamics of Soviet Politics is the result of reflective and thorough research into the centers of a system whose inner debates are not open to public discussion and review, a system which tolerates no public opposition parties, no prying congressional committees, and no investigative journalists to ferret out secrets. The expert authors offer an inside view of the workings of this closed system a view rarely found elsewhere in discussions of Soviet affairs. Their work, building as it does on the achievements of Soviet studies over the last thirty years, is firmly rooted in established knowledge and covers sufficient new ground to enable future studies of Soviet politics and social practices to move ahead unencumbered by stereotypes, sensationalism, or mystification.

Among the subjects included are: attitudes toward leadership and a general discussion of the uses of political history; the dramatic cycles of officially permitted dissent; the legitimacy of leadership within a system that has no constitutional provision for succession; the gradual adoption of Western-inspired administrative procedures and "systems management"; a study of group competition, and bureaucratic bargaining; Khrushchev's virgin-lands experiment and its subsequent retrenchment; the apolitical values of adolescents; the problems of integrating Central Asia into the Soviet system; a history of peaceful coexistence and its current importance in Soviet foreign policy priorities, and, finally, an overview of Soviet government as an extension of prerevolutionary oligarchy, with an emphasis on adaptation to political change.

 

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Contents

Do We Know All There Is to Know about the USSR?
3
Toward a Theory of Soviet Leadership Maintenance
51
The Problem of Succession
96
Party Saturation in the Soviet Union
117
The ScientificTechnical Revolution and the Soviet
137
The Policy Process and Bureaucratic Politics
156
Education Industrialization
195
Values and Aspirations of Soviet Youth
221
Modernization Generations and the Uzbek
239
Modernization and National Policy in Soviet
265
From Heresy to Orthodoxy
293
From the Future to the Past?
337
Notes
355
Contributors
417
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Paul Cocks is with the Hoover Institution

Robert V. Daniels is Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Vermont.

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