The Administration of Society

  • Roger Pethybridge


The topic under consideration here brings us to one of the central features of Stalinism as a political phenomenon — the bureaucratic system. As the title of this chapter implies, emphasis is shifted away from the traditional political and economic reasons that have been given for the resurgence of bureaucracy in the teeth of Bolshevik objections to it. Stress is laid here on the social foundations of the new bureaucracy. Another good reason for not opting for the over-used label of bureaucracy in the title is that it causes many ambiguities of definition. This problem cannot be avoided, however. Since an attempt is being made to add a dimension to what is generally known as Stalinist bureaucracy, it must be clear what is meant by this phrase.


Trade Union Communist Party Central Administration State Administration Soviet Society 
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