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By Richard M. Mills

ISBN-10: 0195062604

ISBN-13: 9780195062601

This paintings explores how Soviet analysts interpret American household politics and social activities through studying their solutions to such questions as: "Who ideas America?" "How do those rulers remain in power?" and "How do the key sessions engage within the American social and political arenas?" generators demonstrates that, regardless of becoming Soviet realizing of the yank political procedure and their expanding interpretive emphasis on elites instead of sessions, Soviet research remains to be restricted by means of an elaborate "mindset" that resists amendment. An intimate examine Soviet political considering, this examine additionally considers contemporary alterations, and the clients for the evolution of a extra sophisticated framework lower than perestroika.

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That has a strong impact on the arrangement of the materials in the sixth chapter and others as well. The question of how to present the materials is complicated by the fact that this study bridges two academic disciplines—American studies and Soviet studies. In addition, because of the way politics is studied in the Soviet Union (combining politics, economics, and sociology) I must use broader social science approaches rather than focusing narrowly on political science alone. In terms of political science my approach is unusual in that I treat American politics from a comparative perspective.

1984; Evenko, ed. 1985; Yakovlev, ed. 1988; laz'kov, ed. 1988). Even IUSAC picked up the theme in its monthly, a sign that a new analytical wave had arrived (see Timofeev 1986). The monopolies, it seems, continue to rule—whether partially or almost totally. But if Soviet analyses of American politics simply Who Rules? Economic Power and Political Power 43 posited monopoly rule with no conflict among the monopolies and no opportunity for meaningful political activity by the remainder of the population, there would be little reason to write this book.

In America governmental noninterference in business affairs, laissez-faire, was an ideal not only of manipulative entrepreneurs but also of many genuinely committed to democracy (Nikitin 1971). Despite these important differences between Europe and America, Soviet analysts contend that the basic characteristics of early bourgeois democracy were the same on both sides of the Atlantic. Some people were more free and more equal than others because the rights and freedoms, that were the precepts of bourgeois democracy and formally guaranteed to all citizens were not put into practice.

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