Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership

Collective Leadership in Soviet Politics

Authors: Gill, Graeme

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  • Analyses the tension between individual leadership and collective rule
  • Covers the entire Soviet period and all Soviet leaders
  • Links the Soviet period to literature on authoritarian rule
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This book studies the way in which the top leadership in the Soviet Union changed over time from 1917 until the collapse of the country in 1991. Its principal focus is the tension between individual leadership and collective rule, and it charts how this played out over the life of the regime. The strategies used by the most prominent leader in each period – Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev – to acquire and retain power are counterposed to the strategies used by the other oligarchs to protect themselves and sustain their positions. This is analyzed against the backdrop of the emergence of norms designed to structure oligarch politics. The book will appeal to students and scholars interested in the fields of political leadership, Soviet politics and Soviet history. 

About the authors

Graeme Gill is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia. The author or editor of more than twenty books, as well as Soviet and Russian politics and history, he has published on the role of class in political development, the state and democratization.

 

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“The study of leadership has always been important, but seldom more so than today. In this masterful study of leadership patterns covering the whole Soviet period from 1917 to 1991, Gill stresses the shifting patterns between collective and individual leadership, and the crucial importance of elite unity for regime survival. In an era when authoritarian leadership is once again the centre of attention, this landmark study is essential reading in helping us understand patterns of authority and leadership survival.” (Professor Richard Sakwa, University of Kent, UK)

“This is a meticulous study of an important aspect of Soviet elite politics. Gill’s treatment is comprehensive, detailed, and compelling. The volume confirms long understood norms of Soviet leadership while also yielding new insights that will be valuable for even the most seasoned specialist. Drawing upon a rich array of sources, this is an important book that draws the reader into the labyrinth of Soviet elite politics.” (Professor John Pat Willerton, University of Arizona, USA)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Collective Leadership in Soviet Politics
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76962-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76962-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76961-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08335-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 351
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