The Soviet Administrative Elite

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rather than chronological. Chapter 2 discusses the elite's educational experiences, from the earliest years to the present. Chapter 3 is concerned with elite structure (structure, in this case, in the sense of morphology). Chapter 4 deals with the first postrevolutionary wholesale transformation of the elite under Stalin in the 1930s. Under the rubric of elite-society relations, Chapter 5 examines the question of bureaucracy (and offers a theory of non-Weberian bureaucracy), the problem of technocracy, and the question of whether the Party or the Party elite constitute a "ruling class." Chapter 6 is concerned with elite recruitment and mobility. Chapter 7 discusses three problems under the label of venality: corruption, clientelism, and elite style. Chapter 8 discusses the Gorbachev transformation, well under way, and the emergence of strategic elites in Soviet society, and it contains the concluding remarks.


NOTES
1.
Thus states perhaps Mosca's most quoted passage: "In all societies . . . two classes of people appear--a class that rules and a class that is ruled." Gaetano Mosca , The Ruling Class: Elemeti Scienza Politica, ed. and rev., with an introduction by Arthur Livingstone, trans. Hannah D. Kahn ( New York: McGraw- Hill, 1939), p. 50.
2.
Ibid., p. 53.
3.
George E. Marcus, "'Elite' as a Concept, Theory, and Research Tradition," in George E. Marcus, ed., Elites: Ethnographic Issues ( Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1983), pp. 11-12.
4.
Suzanne Keller, Beyond the Ruling Class: Strategic Elites in Modern Society ( New York: Random House, 1968), p. 4.
5.
See, for example, Peter Y. Medding, "Ruling Elite Models: A Critique and an Alternative," Political Studies 30, no. 3 ( September 1982):393-412; Jack Bielasiak , "Elite Studies and Communist Studies," in Ronald H. Linden and Bert A. Rockman , eds., Elite Studies and Communist Politics: Essays in Memory of Carl Beck ( Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1984), pp. 103-24; A. Giddons, "Elites and the British Class Structure," in P. C. Stanworth and A. Giddons, eds., Elites and Power in British Society ( Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974), p. 4; Paolo Zannoni, "The Concept of Elite," European Journal of Research, no. 6 ( 1978):1-30; Jerzy J. Wiatr, "Political Elites and Political Leadership: Problems and Selected Hypotheses for Comparative Research," Indian Journal of Political Science, no. 7 ( 1973): 139; Harold D. Lasswell, Daniel Lerner, and E. Easton Rothwell , The Comparative Study Of Elites: An Introduction and Bibliqraphy ( Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1952).
6.
For example, Bohdan Harasymiw, Political Elite Recruitment in the Soviet Union ( London: Macmillan Press, 1984), p. 11; Mervyn Matthews agrees: "The upper layers of the nomenklatura, particularly at the level of the All-Union and Republic CCs, could themselves serve as an excellent basis for delineating the elite in the USSR. . . . The Soviet elite is virtually state-registered." Privilege in the Soviet Union: A Study of Elite Life-Styes under Communism ( London: Allen & Unwin,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Figures ix
  • Preface xi
  • Chapter 1- Introduction: The Theoretical Context 1
  • Notes 25
  • Chapter 2- Educating the Elite 31
  • Notes 66
  • Chapter 3- Elite Structure 73
  • Notes 96
  • Chapter 4- The Stalinist Transformation 101
  • Notes 140
  • Chapter 5- Elite-Society Relations 149
  • Notes 180
  • Chapter 6- Elite Recruitment and Mobility 189
  • Notes 220
  • Chapter 7 - Venality 225
  • Notes 245
  • Chapter 8- Iron Teeth: The Gorbachev Transformation 251
  • Notes 280
  • Selected Bibliography 285
  • Index 291
  • About the Author 297
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