The Transition from Communism to Capitalism: Ruling Elites from Gorbachev to Yeltsin

Author:   David Lane ,  Cameron Ross ,  Ross Cameron (University of Dundee)
Publisher:   Palgrave Macmillan
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9780333754870


Pages:   273
Publication Date:   29 January 1999
Format:   Hardback
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The Transition from Communism to Capitalism: Ruling Elites from Gorbachev to Yeltsin


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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 text 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 condition, including the idea that executive capital is more important than political capital and has been reproduced in the transition from communism. The work ends with a conclusion that details why the elite structure in the transition to capitalism is quite different from the incumbent elites in the former Soviet Union. The book explores the structure and background of classes and elites in the transformation of Russia, and offers new ways of examining the past and present of Russian politics.

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Author:   David Lane ,  Cameron Ross ,  Ross Cameron (University of Dundee)
Publisher:   Palgrave Macmillan
Imprint:   Palgrave Macmillan
Dimensions:   Width: 15.00cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 21.50cm
Weight:   0.436kg
ISBN:  

9780333754870


ISBN 10:   0333754875
Pages:   273
Publication Date:   29 January 1999
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Introduction 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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'...a fine study of elite circulation and reproduction in the transition from the former Soviet Union to the independent Russian republic...Despite these reservations, this is an enormously stimulating book and should be read by all intested in the end of the USSA and the birth of a new Russia.' - Graeme Gill, Europe-Asia Studies


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DAVID LANE teaches at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. CAMERON ROSS teaches at the University of Dundee.

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