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The Limits of the Predominant Leader, 1953–64

  • Graeme Gill
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership book series (PSPL)

Abstract

Abandonment of the dominant leader model on Stalin’s death did not lead to a restoration of pure collectivism, but a reversion to the predominant leader model. However, this model remained contested within the oligarchy; the high points of this were the anti-party group affair in 1957 and the overthrow of the predominant Khrushchev in 1964. Unlike Stalin in his predominant leader phase whose position rested, inter alia, on the support of clients, Khrushchev’s predominance relied upon the support of allies and was always more precarious. However, he does not seem to have understood this, and his colleagues overthrew him in the name of collective leadership.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Government and International RelationsUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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