Accession Number : AD0282517

Title :   THE KHRUSHCHEV SUCCESSION PROBLEM

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : RUSH,M.

Report Date : 25 APR 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Consideration is given to the economic and social progress in the Soviet society as a serious problem for the regime that is certain to have important political consequences. Progress cannot in the next decade change the regime's totalitarian character unless it is seriously weakened by a succession crisis. In addition, a third condition is necessary. Unless the West succeeds in checking Soviet expansion, the regime may be able to preserve itself unchanged by capitalizing on its achievements on the world scene. The Khrushchev succession crisis will not save the West; it can only help the West to save itself. A general theory about the succession problem in the Soviet system is presented. It is illustrated and elaborated by a short analytical account of the crisis brought on by Stalin's death. The theory is then applied to the forthcoming Khrushchev succession crisis. (Author)

Descriptors :   *COMMUNISM, *POLITICAL SCIENCE, THEORY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE