The author examines the intent and the unexpected side-effects of Gorbachev's policy of "demokratizatsiia" on the Soviet political system. His analysis traces the emergence of competitive, multiparty politics, drawing from interviews and primary materials collected during 15 months (1988-1990) in the Soviet Union.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Democratization? -- Power to the Soviets? -- The 1989 Elections -- The Congress of People's Deputies -- Creation of the New Supreme Soviet's Committees -- The Committees at Work -- Development of the Supreme Soviet -- The 1990 Elections -- Politics in the RSFSR CPD -- 'Soviet Politics' and the End of the Soviet Era