The Elite Consolidates, 1966–1985

Evan Mawdsley and Stephen White

in The Soviet Elite from Lenin to Gorbachev

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297383
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599842 | DOI:
The Elite Consolidates, 1966–1985

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The Brezhnev years were ones of stability for the USSR, and still more so for its political elite. The Central Committee expanded in size, and its composition—based on the job‐slot system—became increasingly predictable. Its typical members were from the ‘second generation’, born in the first two decades of the century: people like Zaporozh’e party first secretary M. N. Vsevolozhskii, or agricultural procurements minister Z. N. Nuriev, or General P. A. Gorchakov. The Central Committee itself met less frequently during these years, and was marginalized as an arena for collective decision‐making.

Keywords: Leonid BrezhnevCentral Committee; decision‐making; elite; P. A. Gorchakov; jobs; Z. N. NurievM. N. Vsevolozhskii

Chapter.  12984 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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