Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Gorbachev's export of Perestroika to Eastern EuropeDemocratisation reconsidered$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Helen Hardman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079788

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079788.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use (for details see http://www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 April 2018

The Conference as a Policy Choice: The CPSU Conference, 1905–41

The Conference as a Policy Choice: The CPSU Conference, 1905–41

Chapter:
(p.53) 2 The Conference as a Policy Choice: The CPSU Conference, 1905–41
Source:
Gorbachev's export of Perestroika to Eastern Europe
Author(s):

Helen Hardman

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079788.003.0003

This chapter reviews conferences held between 1905 and 1941 for the purpose of projecting what the conference represented as a policy choice for Gorbachev in 1988. As discussed in Chapter 1, in the absence of formal rules constraining institutions, procedures naturally evolve that essentially ‘stick’ as informal rules, setting a precedent for future practice. These informal rules can prove at least as ‘sticky’ as formal ones. This survey of conference outcomes indicates that as a policy choice the conference was convened by the General Secretary as a forum at which he could consolidate his own power by more easily engineering his desired outcome and publicly defeating rivals and opposition. A historical review reveals this pattern for all eighteen conferences between 1905 and 1941.

Keywords:   Party Conferences, Rules of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.