Soviet Power and the Countryside

Policy Innovation and Institutional Decay

  • Neil J. Melvin

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Political Change in the Soviet Union

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Neil J. Melvin
      Pages 3-10
  3. Agenda Setting in Soviet Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Neil J. Melvin
      Pages 29-52
    3. Neil J. Melvin
      Pages 53-72
    4. Neil J. Melvin
      Pages 73-90
  4. Policy Actors, Institutions and Ideas

  5. Power in Soviet Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 198-279

About this book


Drawing upon extensive archival and other original sources, Soviet Power and the Countryside offers a new approach to understanding the political dynamics that led to the collapse of the Soviet order. A detailed analysis of the design, implementation and collapse of Soviet policy toward the countryside is used to explore the implications of a broadening of participation in the policy process from the 1960s. Neil J. Melvin argues that the new knowledge about rural society created as a result of this process provided the basis for a fundamental change in the nature of power relations in the Soviet order, leading to the decay and eventual collapse of policy making institutions.

Authors and affiliations

  • Neil J. Melvin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Political and International StudiesUniversity of LeedsUK

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