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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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Authoritarian Checks and Balances

Authoritarian Checks and Balances

(p.59) 2 Authoritarian Checks and Balances
Substate Dictatorship

Yoram Gorlizki

Oleg Khlevniuk

Yale University Press

This chapter shows how substate dictators did not always have things their own way despite their immense power. It assesses institutional constraints on the plane of authoritarian power sharing and authoritarian control that trace how substate dictators began to adapt their behavior. It also investigates Obkom first secretaries, the directors of large factories, and heads of regional state and security organizations that operated at the level of authoritarian power sharing. The chapter explains the limits of authoritarian control and looks at the variety of institutional checks by the statewide dictator to test the effectiveness of regional leaders. It also discusses the key function of elections, which conveys information on the ability of obkom secretaries in order to “lead the aktiv.”

Keywords:   substate dictators, authoritarian power sharing, authoritarian control, Obkom, statewide dictator

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