Gorbachev's First Five Years in the Soviet Leadership: The Clash of Personalities and the Remaking of Institutions,
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This report provides a detailed overview of the multiple dilemmas that emerged during Gorbachevs first five years in power under the impact of his effort to change the Soviet Union. The study seeks to show how the interwoven conflicts in different arenas of Soviet life have affected each other. The discussion reviews from five different aspects the struggle among the Soviet leaders from the spring of 1985 through the spring of 1990. Because the economic dimension is probably the decisive one, the report first traces how and why the Soviet leaders arrived at their present economic predicament. The study then reviews the purely political aspects of the leadership struggle as it evolved, and the implications of Gorbachevs emerging political reforms for that struggle. It next discusses the main features of the nationality crisis around the countrys periphery as they affected Gorbachevs in the center. The study then considers the evolution of Gorbachevs relation with the military and their institutional consequences, and finally it weighs the implications of the political role of the KGB for the Gorbachev leadership. From these considerations, the report seeks to draw some overall conclusions about what is happening to Soviet institutions.
- Government and Political Science
- Economics and Cost Analysis