Khrushchev and Brezhnev as Leaders (Routledge Revivals): Building Authority in Soviet Politics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Khrushchev and Brezhnev as Leaders (Routledge Revivals)

Building Authority in Soviet Politics, 1st Edition

By George W. Breslauer

Routledge

318 pages

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First published in 1982, this book explores how Khrushchev and Brezhnev manipulated their policies and personal images as they attempted to consolidate their authority as leader. Central issues of Soviet domestic politics are examined: investment priorities, incentive policy, administrative reform, and political participation. The author rejects the conventional images of Khrushchev as an embattled consumer advocate and decentraliser, and of Brezhnev’s leadership as dull and conservative. He looks at how they dealt with the task of devising programs that combined the post-Stalin elite’s goals of consumer satisfaction and expanded political participation with traditional Soviet values.

Table of Contents

Preface; Part One Introduction; 1 Building Authority since Stalin; Part Two The Khrushchev Years; 2 Political Succession and Consumer Satisfaction, 1953-7 3 Political Succession and Administrative Reform, 1953-7 4 Political Succession and Political Participation, 1953-7 5 Khrushchev Ascendant, 1957-60 6 Frustration and Reaction, 1960-4 7 How Strong the Leader?: Khrushchev’s Power over Policy; Part Three The Brezhnev Years; 8 Political succession and Consumer Satisfaction, 1964-8 9 Political Succession and Administrative Reform, 1964-8 10 Political Succession and Political Participation, 1964-8 11 Brezhnev Ascendant, 1968-72 12 Frustration and Reaction, 1972-1975 13 The Twenty-Fifth Party Congress, 1976: Brezhnev’s Authority Challenged 14 Shedding the Skeptics, 1976-81 15 How Strong the Leader?: Brezhnev’s Power over Policy; Part Four Conclusion; 16 Patterns of Leadership since Stalin; Part Five Conclusion; Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL005000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POL023000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions
POL024000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy
POL030000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
POL040010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Executive Branch
POL060000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union