The politics of the 19th party conference
Reasons for caution in interpreting results of the 19th Party Conference are outlined, but an argument for a continuing consolidation of Gorbachev's power and use of the democratization theme as a screen for acceleration of economic reform is made. Various explanations for the lack of significant change in party rules and in procedures for determining Central Committee membership (defeat for Gorbachev, alternative strategies for membership change, solid Politburo and/or military power base for Gorbachev) are examined, Gorbachev's ability to handle the "lame duck" membership problem in the Central Committee being identified as a feature to watch in the future, journal of Economic Literature, Classification Numbers: 052, 124, 113. © 1988 by V. H. Winston & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.
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