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Substate DictatorshipNetworks, Loyalty, and Institutional Change in the Soviet Union$
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Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg Khlevniuk

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300230819

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300230819.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Substate Dictatorship

Yoram Gorlizki

Oleg Khlevniuk

Yale University Press

This chapter explains what dictatorship is and how it works and analyzes how countries move from one form of dictatorship to another. It also looks at the most important dictatorships of the modern era in a new perspective. This chapter focuses on the personal dictatorship that formed in the Soviet Union from the 1930s that center on the supreme leader, Joseph Stalin. It talks about substate dictators that were nested in Stalin's statewide dictatorship. It also builds on recent developments in the theory of dictatorship, such as the distinction between the dictator's problem of controlling threats from the masses, the problem of authoritarian control, and the problem of authoritarian power sharing.

Keywords:   statewide dictatorship, Soviet Union, supreme leader, Joseph Stalin, substate dictators, authoritarian control

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