1st Edition

Leadership in East European Communism, 1945-1970

By R. Barry Farrell Copyright 1970
    371 Pages
    by Routledge

    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    Fifteen eminent social scientists from North America and Eastern Europe met under the auspices of Northwestern University's Comparative Politics Program to discuss the significance and characteristics of changes in political leadership in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union since World War II. The presentations at the conference were edited and re-written following the discussion. They are incorporated into this comprehensive analysis of political leadership in European communist countries since World War II.This volume is divided up into four parts and fourteen different chapters. Part One examines the theoretical questions of leadership in European socialist countries. Part Two provides a factual perspective, including contemporary quantitative data and biographical analysis. Part Three discusses the interaction of the leadership and society. Jan Triska's concluding overview relates specific chapters to the informal discussions at the conference.Some of the notable contributions include 'Historical Development of the Communist Theory of Leadership,' Alfred G. Meyer; 'The Theory of Political Leadership and the Issue of Totalitarianism,' Carl J. Friedrich; 'Marxist Theories of Leadership and Bureaucracy,' Andras Hegedus; 'Trends in Top Political Leadership in USSR,' Frederick C. Barghoorn; 'Representation of Career Types in Soviet Political Leadership,' Frederic Fleron; 'The Soviet Appartchiki,' Michael P. Gehlen. Leadership in East European Communism, 1945-1970 is essential reading for students of comparative politics and the politics of East European socialist countries and the Soviet Union.

    1: Theoretical Bases of Soviet and East European Leadership; Introduction; 1: Historical Development of the Communist Theory of Leadership; 2: The Theory of Political Leadership and the Issue of Totalitarianism; 3: Marxist Theories of Leadership: A Marxist Approach; 2: Characteristics of Political Leaders and Leadership; Introduction; 4: Trends in Top Political Leadership in U S S R; 5: Top Political Leadership in Eastern Europe; 6: Representation of Career Types in the Soviet Political Leadership; 7: The Soviet Apparatchiki; 8: Career Characteristics of East European Leadership; 3: Leadership and Society; Introduction; 9: Dynamics of Change: Leadership, the Economy, Organizational Structure, and Society; 10: The Managers; 11: Modernization: New Decisional Models in Socialist Society; 12: Leadership and Group Conflict in Czechoslovakia; 13: Party and Non-Party Attitudes on Societal Change; 4: The Challenge of Change; 14: Some Reflections in Conclusion


    R. Barry Farrell