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Soviet ‘Federalism’

Jeffrey Kahn

in Federalism, Democratization, and the Rule of Law in Russia

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246991
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599606 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246998.003.0003
 Soviet ‘Federalism’

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Although most scholars were quick to puncture the Soviet Union's sham claims to democracy, too many accepted at face value its claim to be a federal state. The shifting debates about federalism in Bolshevik doctrine and communist theory are explored. The formation, systematization, and stagnation of the so‐called ‘Soviet federalism’ is examined and debunked through analysis of the constitutions and political realities that existed under Lenin, Stalin, and Brezhnev.

Keywords: Bolshevism; Leonid Brezhnev; Communist Party; communist theory; constitution; democracy; V.I. Lenin; Soviet federalism; Soviet Union; J.V. Stalin

Chapter.  5835 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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