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The Effects of Leadership Succession in the Soviet Union

  • Valerie Bunce (a1) and Philip G. Roeder (a2)

Abstract

What happens when there is a change in leadership in the Soviet Union? Does the period of leadership succession present unusual opportunities for domestic policy concerns to be vented? Or, are major issues on the Soviet domestic policy agenda addressed mainly after a succession of leadership is completed? Answers to such questions have a bearing on how the Soviet elite is replenished, and more generally help to improve understanding of Soviet politics. Two specialists on Soviet and East European politics, Valerie Bunce and Philip Roeder, have been drawn to different conclusions about these issues.

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The Effects of Leadership Succession in the Soviet Union

  • Valerie Bunce (a1) and Philip G. Roeder (a2)

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