The Soviet Administrative Elite


The Soviet elite has undergone two major transformations in the 20th century: Stalin's purges and replacement of the old elite by Soviet trained proletarian modernizing managers; and, under Gorbachev, the displacement of modernizing managers by "politicians." This book is an analytical study of the Soviet political elite as a body, from 1917 to 1990. Focusing on the changing structure of the elite, it is based partly on Farmer's database consisting of biographical and career data on over 1,500 high level leaders. The book also synthesizes the work of four classical theorists--Gaetano Mosca, Vilfredo Pareto, Max Weber, and Alexis de Tocqueville--with more contemporary theorists.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Eric Hoffer
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1992


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