Patterns of Recruitment

  • Nicholas Lampert
Part of the Studies in Soviet History and Society book series (SSHS)


The changes examined in Chapter 3 took place in the context of a rapid industrial expansion, one of the effects of which was a rapid growth in managerial and technical positions. The question of recruitment to these positions was a major source of party and government concern. First, the training and promotion of new cadres involved a massive organisational task, which to a large extent had to be improvised. But the whole process was also seen to be of the first political importance in the ‘ class struggle’ in industry, or, to revert again to an earlier formulation, in establishing ‘ representatives of the state in the process of production itself. The object was to produce a ‘ Soviet’ intelligentsia which by virtue of background and commitment would identify more closely with currently defined political interests. Thus the forms of recruitment were seen as a vital element in establishing the conditions for a change in the relationship between the intelligentsia and the state.


Party Member Chief Engineer Technical Position Party Membership Industrial Expansion 


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  1. 24.
    See decisions of July 1928 and November 1929 Central Committee plenums, KPSS v Rezolyutsiyakh, vol. 4, pp. 111f and 334f.Google Scholar

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