Collective Leadership in Soviet Politics

  • Graeme Gill

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership book series (PSPL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Graeme Gill
    Pages 55-100
  3. Graeme Gill
    Pages 253-296
  4. Graeme Gill
    Pages 297-338
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 339-351

About this book


This book studies the way in which the top leadership in the Soviet Union changed over time from 1917 until the collapse of the country in 1991. Its principal focus is the tension between individual leadership and collective rule, and it charts how this played out over the life of the regime. The strategies used by the most prominent leader in each period – Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev – to acquire and retain power are counterposed to the strategies used by the other oligarchs to protect themselves and sustain their positions. This is analyzed against the backdrop of the emergence of norms designed to structure oligarch politics. The book will appeal to students and scholars interested in the fields of political leadership, Soviet politics and Soviet history. 


collective leadership Soviet politics Soviet leadership Soviet Union leaders Soviet political history Lenin and collective leadership Stalin and collective leadership Khrushchev and collective leadership Brezhnev and collective leadership Gorbachev and collective leadership oligarch politics Soviet history forms of political leadership individual leadership collective rule forms of government authoritarian regimes

Authors and affiliations

  • Graeme Gill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Government and International RelationsUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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