Controversies in Soviet Social Thought: Democratization, Social Justice and the Erosion of Official Ideology

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Surveys the discussions and controversies about society and politics in the Soviet Union during the past five years, demonstrating that the democrat/hardliner split is a simplistic understanding of the diversity of thought. Also available in paper (unseen), $13.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873328814
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Pages: 176

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Reformist Undercurrents in the Pre-Gorbachev Period 3
On "Social Innovations" 4
"Democratization" and the New Technology 6
The Theme of "Social Justice" 9
Social Psychology and Socially Desirable Values 13
2 Toward "Democratization" of the Workplace 19
The Failure of Prereform Participatory Mechanisms 20
The Theme of Worker Alienation 24
Principal Justifications for "Democratization" 27
A New Legal Framework and Managerial Elections 34
"One-Man Management" and Work Councils 42
Beyond the "Electoral Model" and Other Issues 50
3 The Democratization of Political Discourse 57
In Defense of a Socialist "Civil Society" 59
Reassessing "Bourgeois Democracy" 63
Studying Public Opinion 66
On the Transition to Democracy 70
The Expanding Limits of Pluralism 76
Introduction to a Future Controversy 85
4 The Issue of "Social Justice" 89
For and Against "Active Redistribution" 90
Toward the Implementation of Equal Access 98
Democracy, Property, and Inequality 104
5 The Desanctification of Marxism-Leninism 111
Tsipko's Challenge: Stalinism and Marxism 112
Responses to Tsipko and Escalation of the Challenge 117
Social Democracy and Economic Liberalism 129
Bibliography 141
Index 151
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