The End of the Brezhnev Era: Stasis and Succession.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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In the absence of constitutional guidelines for political succession in the USSR, the Brezhnev succession proceeded on an ad hoc basis. The electron of Yuri Andropov as General Secretary in November 1982 followed an intense period of political coalition building, which ensured after the death of Party Secretary Mikhail Suslov in January 1982 and Brezhnevs serious illness in March of the same year. Andropovs victory over his chief rival, Party Secretary Konstantin Cherenko, indicated that a coalition with foreign policy interests was able to control the succession and defeat a coalition of economic managers. The equipoise in the Politburo after Andropovs election indicates that key domestic and foreign policy issues were not completely resolved with Andropovs election and that future changes in the leadership may indicate a corresponding policy evolution. Author
- Government and Political Science