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Gorbachev at the helm : a new era in Soviet politics? /
[edited by] R.F. Miller, J.H. Miller, and T.H. Rigby.
London ; New York : Croom Helm, c1987.
viii, 251 p. ; 23 cm.
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London ; New York : Croom Helm, c1987.
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"Published in the USA ... in association with Methuen, Inc."--T.p. verso.
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Includes bibliographies and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-09:
A collection of nine papers presented at a workshop on the 27th Congress of the Communist party of the Soviet Union at the Australian National University in April 1986. The contributors all explore the nature and extent of the reforms proposed by General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. Although the authors agree in general that Gorbachev is trying to introduce major changes aimed at improving the performance of the Soviet system, the evidence suggests diverse conclusions regarding the possibility that the reforms will be deep enough and sufficiently supported to make the necessary impact. The areas in which these issues are explored include: political reforms (the style of the Congress, the programatic commitments of the new leadership, the changing composition of the elite, and patterns of party membership); economic reforms; and foreign policy (defense and relations with East Europe). All the papers are well researched and written in a scholarly and balanced fashion. The book is of limited use, however, because it is restricted to a description and analysis of Gorbachev's first year in power and, therefore, is already dated. For upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. -D. V. Schwartz, University of Toronto
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Reference & Research Book News, June 1988
Choice, September 1988
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