Overview: Is the Soviet Political System in Crisis?

  • William E. Odom


Events in the Soviet Union over the past three or four years have created anticipation of great change in the Soviet political system, anticipation both within the Soviet Union and among observers abroad. Even the traditional sceptics such as Professor Richard Pipes of Harvard University, whose cautious inclinations I admit I share, declare that times are abnormal in Moscow and that change is occurring in a way wholly uncharacteristic for the Soviet system.


Foreign Policy Economic Reform National Minority Soviet System Party Elite 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 2.
    D. Fedotoff White, Growth of the Red Army (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1944), chap. 5.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    Maurice Dobbs, Soviet Economic Development Since 1917 ( New York: International Publishers, 1948 ), pp. 149–76.Google Scholar
  3. 4.
    Merle Fainsod, How Russia is Ruled (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1963), pp. 148–57, pp. 530ff.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 6.
    Malcolm Mackintosh, Juggernaut (New York: Macmillan, 1967), chap. 7–9.Google Scholar
  5. 8.
    The best account of this period remains Carl A. Linden, Khrushchev and the Soviet Leadership 1957–1964 ( Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1966 ).Google Scholar
  6. 9.
    See Fedor Burlatskii, ‘Brezhnev i krushenie ottepli’, Literaturnaya gazeta no. 37 (14 September 1988), for a recent and remarkably detailed account of Khrushchev’s removal and steps toward re-Stalinisation under Brezhnev.Google Scholar
  7. 10.
    See Thane Gustafson and Dawn Mann, ‘Gorbachev’s Next Gamble’, Problems of Communism 36 (Jul—Aug, 1987), 1–20.Google Scholar
  8. 11.
    W. Jermakowicz, ‘Foundations and Prospects for Soviet Economic Reforms: 1949 to 1987’, Gorbachev’s New Thinking, ed. Ronald D. Liebowitz ( Cambridge, MA: Ballinger, 1988 ), pp. 11–45.Google Scholar
  9. 13.
    Guy Hermet, Pierre Hassner and Jacques Rupnik (eds), Totalitarismes ( Paris: Economica, 1984 ).Google Scholar
  10. 14.
    Pierre Hassner, ‘Communist Totalitarianism: The Transatlantic Vagaries of a Concept’, The Washington Quarterly 8 (Fall, 1985), 17–29.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 15.
    J. Hough, ‘Gorbachev Consolidating Power’, Problems of Communism 36 (Jul—Aug, 1987), 21.Google Scholar
  12. 16.
    Z. Brzezinski, The Permanent Purge ( Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1953 ).Google Scholar
  13. 19.
    W.E. Odom, ‘Choice and Change in Soviet Politics’, Problems of Communism 32 (May—June, 1983), 21.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Uri Ra’anan and Igor Lukes 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • William E. Odom

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations