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Practicing StalinismBolsheviks, Boyars, and the Persistence of Tradition$
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J. Arch Getty

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169294

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169294.001.0001

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The Party Personnel System

The Party Personnel System

Downstairs at the Central Committee

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Practicing Stalinism

J. Arch Getty

Yale University Press

This chapter examines in detail the difference between the grandees upstairs and the TsK staff downstairs. The difference in view between the upstairs grandees and the downstairs staff reflects, in microcosm, the difference between rational bureaucratic authority and traditional patrimonialism. The staff wanted rational bureaucracy. The elite wanted patrimonialism, with all its arbitrary flexibility. The chapter asks: what was the result of this mismatch and who won?

Keywords:   staff, grandees, TsK, patrimonialism, bureaucracy

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