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Title:Patterns of elite-mass conflict in Soviet-type systems: 1948-1989
Author(s):Pacek, Alexander Carl
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kanet, Roger E.
Department / Program:Political Science
Discipline:Political Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Political Science, International Law and Relations
Abstract:Following the political upheavals across Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union throughout 1989, scholars of communist political systems began to reassess major theories concerning the durability of such regimes. This dissertation represents an effort to establish patterns of elite and mass political behavior across the region, and across time, and propose an explanation for shifts in these patterns. Examining the ebb and flow of collective action and elite response from 1948-1989 in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Soviet Union, the dissertation develops a broad, general theory to explain such patterns. It argues that shifts in the levels of a country's socioeconomic development and enduring social cleavages will, in large part, account for the specific types of collective action (legal, extra-legal, illegal) and elite response (accommodation, reform, repression).
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Pacek, Alexander Carl
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9136687
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9136687

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