Red Sunset: The Failure of Soviet Politics / Edition 1

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"This is an important book. Roeder's analysis of the Soviet 'constitution' is an original, synthetic interpretation of Soviet political history, based on a structural theory of political dynamics. It will be essential reading for students of Soviet politics, and readers outside that field will also find the work of interest. It draws explicitly on the latest literature in organization theory and comparative politics (the so-called new institutionalism) and does not assume prior knowledge of the details of the Soviet system."--George W. Breslauer, University of California, Berkeley

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"This is fashionable political science theory applied to what will surely be one of the great social science puzzles of the twentieth century-why the Soviet system collapsed.... Although the book's primary audience is in the universities, the general reader will gain insight into the ultimate weaknesses of the Soviet system and a good idea of how 'new institutionalism' stacks up as an explanation against traditional alternatives, particularly those stressing the importance of political culture."--Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs
This is fashionable political science theory applied to what will surely be one of the great social science puzzles of the twentieth century-why the Soviet system collapsed.... Although the book's primary audience is in the universities, the general reader will gain insight into the ultimate weaknesses of the Soviet system and a good idea of how 'new institutionalism' stacks up as an explanation against traditional alternatives, particularly those stressing the importance of political culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691019420
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Ch. 1 Why Did Soviet Bolshevism Fail? 3
Ch. 2 The Authoritarian Constitution 22
Ch. 3 Creating the Constitution of Bolshevism, 1917-1953 41
Ch. 4 Reciprocal Accountability, 1953-1986 66
Ch. 5 Balanced Leadership, 1953-1986 94
Ch. 6 Institutionalized Stagnation 119
Ch. 7 The Domestic Policy Spiral 144
Ch. 8 The Dialectics of Military Planning 177
Ch. 9 The Failure of Constitutional Reform, 1987-1991 210
Ch. 10 Can Authoritarian Institutions Survive? 246
Notes 255
Select Bibliography 307
Index 311
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