The Preconditions for Revolution in the USSR

Vladimir Mau and Irina Starodubrovskaya

in The Challenge of Revolution

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780199241507
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599835 | DOI:
 The Preconditions for Revolution in the USSR

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This chapter examines the reasons why the Soviet command economy proved unable to achieve the level of modernization required for its survival. It demonstrates how the control of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) over the economy lacked the capacity to adapt to postmodern conditions, and thereby set in motion the destabilizing processes that eventually brought it down.

Keywords: command economy; economic development; theory of revolution; USSR

Chapter.  10683 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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