In this detailed survey of European communist systems. Dr. Hazan examines the formal structure of East European politics and the functions of party organizations as the true centers of power. Drawing on extensive primary sources and illustrations from the most recent period of Eastern Europe’s history, he analyzes the role of the entire government infrastructure in consolidating the strength of the Communist party. He also focuses on party congresses, internal elections, organizational and personnel changes, and foreign visits against the background of the all-encompassing network of ritual that governs the political process.
Westview Special Studies -- Foreword -- Author’s Note -- Introduction -- Elections -- The National Assemblies -- The Communist Party: Membership, Structure, Organization -- Top of the Pyramid: Central Committee, Politburo, Secretariat, Control Commission -- The Congress -- The Leaders -- Church and State -- The Judiciary -- The Ritual -- The Auxiliary Organizations -- Conclusions