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Transition from Communism to Capitalism: Ruling Elites from Gorbachev to Yeltsin / Edition 1

Transition from Communism to Capitalism: Ruling Elites from Gorbachev to Yeltsin / Edition 1

by David Lane, Cameron Ross


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Crucial to the understanding of breakdown and transition are analyses of changes within the internal relations of national elites. In this book, the authors define and detail the political elites under state socialism, showing how the elites under Gorbachev were profoundly fragmented. They further reveal how, with the maturation of state socialism, new class interests arose which were cultivated by, and in turn influenced, the Gorbachev leadership. The authors put forth the argument that these class interests are strongly represented in today’s political "settlement" in Russia. They consider various interpretations of what has led to Russia’s current condition, including the idea that "executive" capital is more important than political capital and has been reproduced in the transition from communism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312216122
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 12/28/1998
Edition description: REV
Pages: 273
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Lane teaches at Emmanuel College in Cambridge, England.

Cameron Ross teaches at the University of Dundee.

Table of Contents

• Soviet Society: Institutional Polyarchy
Part I: Political Elite Division in the Late USSR
• The CPSU Ruling Elite 1966-1991
• The Central Committee Apparat 1981-1991
• The Government Bureaucracy
• The Supreme Soviet of the USSR: From Fusion to Fission
• The Political Elite under Gorbachev: Cohesion and Division
Part II: The Post-Soviet Governing Elites
• The Ascendant Elite: Yeltsin and the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation 1990-1993
• Mutation: The Political Elite 1991-1995: Reproduction or Circulation?
• Transition under Yeltsin: Elite Values
• Conclusions
• Appendices
• Index

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