Authority, Power and Policy in the USSR: Essays dedicated to by T. H. Rigby

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19 In The State and Revolution Lenin concluded that world history was now undoubtedly leading on an incomparably larger scale than in 1852, to the 'concentration of all the forces' of the proletarian revolution on the 'destruction' of the state machine. 20 Lenin was quick to notice not merely Marx's account of the nascent form of the malaise Bukharin had diagnosed, but Marx's detailed prescription for its remedy. The form of administration, the Commune, that had been elaborated by the workmen of Paris upon the fall of Louis Bonaparte - that was the antidote to bureaucratic centralism and the omnipotence of the state.

Rigby, 'Crypto-politics', Survey, no. 50 (1964) 183-g4. Conceptual approach to authoriry, power and policy 33. Jerry F. , and London, 1977) ch. I. 34. Policy-making in the USSR has been the direct or indirect subject of a very considerable and varied literature, of which the following are a few examples: R. Conquest, Power and Policy in the USSR: A Study of Soviet Dynasties (London, 1961); Alexander Dallin and Alan F. Juviler and Henry W. Morton, Soviet PolicyMaking: Studies of Communism in Transition (New York, 1967); Robert J.

As in the ancient Athenian polis or Rousseau's city state, the only road to establishing a real community of interests lay through obliging all to play their part in deliberating upon and executing public policy. This project, in turn, clearly rested upon the view that there was a real community of interests shared by all but an insignificant number of citizens. In Lenin's scheme, as in Rousseau's, it was not necessary to Authority, power and the state, 1916-20 43 assume that this community of interest would immediately become apparent with the introduction of direct participatory democracy.

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