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Gorbachev's export of Perestroika to Eastern EuropeDemocratisation reconsidered$
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Helen Hardman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079788

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079788.001.0001

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Consolidating Federal Party Unity at the LCY Conference, May 1988

Consolidating Federal Party Unity at the LCY Conference, May 1988

(p.182) 6 Consolidating Federal Party Unity at the LCY Conference, May 1988
Gorbachev's export of Perestroika to Eastern Europe

Helen Hardman

Manchester University Press

This LCY conference leadership convened the conference in 1988 to revive what had become a largely impotent federal power, to try to preserve Yugoslav unity by re-establishing federal party control of the republican parties and to reassert the party's leading role in society. The same issues that had given rise to the preceding four conferences of the 1970s were once again on the agenda: the workers’ and the youth's disengagement from politics; the recurring problems of unfulfilled congress directives; economic crisis and conflict in Kosovo. The review of conference outcomes suggests that the federal leadership convened the LCY conference to reassert federal party authority over the republics and urge republican leaders to quell rising nationalism, implement unfulfilled federal directives and mobilise greater support for the party among an increasingly disenchanted society. The conference of 1988, however, was called during a period of rapprochement between the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, and the leaderships of the CPSU and LCY discussed their forthcoming conferences during the negotiations in March 1988. A new relationship was forged between the two parties and states, which realigned Yugoslavia within the Socialist fraternity and brought Yugoslavia substantial financial benefits from the CMEA and the Soviet Union.

Keywords:   League of Communists of Yugoslavia Conference, 1988, Boško Krunić, Yugoslavia foreign relations with the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia economic relations with the Soviet Union

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