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Substate Dictatorship – Networks, Loyalty, and Institutional Change in the Soviet Union - Yale Scholarship Online
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Substate Dictatorship: Networks, Loyalty, and Institutional Change in the Soviet Union

Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg Khlevniuk


How do local leaders govern in a large dictatorship? What resources do they draw on? This book examines these questions by looking at one of the most important authoritarian regimes of the twentieth century. Starting in the early years after the Second World War and taking the story through to the 1970s, the book charts the strategies of Soviet regional leaders, paying particular attention to the forging and evolution of local trust networks. The book begins with an explanation of what dictatorship is and how it works, and it analyzes how countries move from one form of dictatorship to another ... More

Keywords: authoritarian regimes, dictatorship, Soviet regional leaders, trust networks, Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, authoritarian control, authoritarian power sharing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300230819
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300230819.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yoram Gorlizki, author
University of Manchester

Oleg Khlevniuk, author
National Research University Higher School of Economics