Gorbachev and Yeltsin as Leaders

ISBN-10: 0521892449
ISBN-13: 9780521892445
Edition: 2002
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Description: Gorbachev and Yeltsin as Leaders examines the strategies employed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin to build leadership authority. Political leaders often use a combination of coercion, material reward, and persuasion, but Professor Breslauer  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 348
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Gorbachev and Yeltsin as Leaders examines the strategies employed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin to build leadership authority. Political leaders often use a combination of coercion, material reward, and persuasion, but Professor Breslauer focuses on the power of ideas, as leaders use them to mobilize support and to craft an image as effective problem solvers, indispensable consensus builders, and symbols of national unity. In Khrushchev and Brezhnev as Leaders: Building Authority in Soviet Politics (1982), he documented Khrushchev's and Brezhnev's domestic policy strategies; this book handles domestic and foreign policies. All chapters compare Gorbachev and Yeltsin and Khrushchev and Brezhnev, mostly analyzing the changes in policy, the strategies, and the political dilemmas that are common to all four administrations. The book discusses the ways in which authority building was affected by political constraints unique to each of the stages.

Preface
Leadership Strategies in Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics
Gorbachev and Yeltsin: Personalities and Beliefs
The Rise of Gorbachev
Gorbachev Ascendant
Gorbachev on the Political Defensive
Yeltsin versus Gorbachev
Yeltsin Ascendant
Yeltsin on the Political Defensive
Yeltsin Lashes Out: The Invasion of Chechnya (December 1994)
Yeltsin's Many Last Hurrahs
Explaining Leaders' Choices, 1985-1999
Criteria for the Evaluation of Transformational Leaders
Evaluating Gorbachev as Leader
Evaluating Yeltsin as Leader
Index

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