Cooption and Repression in the Soviet Union

Author/Editor:

Hershel I. Grossman ; Dmitry Gershenson

Publication Date:

December 1, 2000

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The Soviet ruling elite, the nomenklatura, used both cooption and political repression to encourage loyalty to the communist regime. Loyalty was critical both in defusing internal opposition to the rule of the nomenklatura and in either deterring or defeating foreign enemies of the Soviet Union. We assume that the nomenklatura determined the extent of cooption and the intensity of political repression by equating their perceived marginal benefits and marginal costs. We use this assumption to construct an account of the historical evolution of policies of cooption and political repression in the Soviet Union.

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/201

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451874341/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2012000

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

22

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