Khrushchev and Brezhnev as Leaders (Routledge Revivals): Building Authority in Soviet Politics

1st Edition

George W. Breslauer

Routledge
Published May 23, 2016
Reference - 318 Pages
ISBN 9781138686700 - CAT# Y266308

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Summary

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.

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