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By Michael E. Urban

The keep an eye on of place of work has lengthy been considered as the most important to figuring out energy and coverage within the Soviet approach. What, although, money owed for this keep an eye on of workplace? a variety of traditional stories have addressed this query through targeting the people who make up the Soviet elite at one time or one other. This ebook adopts a distinct viewpoint by way of treating the group of workers method itself as a suite of strength kin that govern the mobility of the contributors inside of it. utilizing the Belorussian Republic because the website of the research, the writer analyzes the hobbies of people as sequences of advanced interrelations dependent by way of the process. He demonstrates how regionalism has performed a tremendous position and patronage the decisive position in shaping the styles of elite flow in Belorussia, and descriptions adjustments in those related styles following the appearance of the Gorbachev management, alterations that have been expected in a few respects via occasions in Belorussia.

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By consulting the Hierarchy, mobility and a stratified model 27 size of the party membership in their respective raions, 13 it became clear that those in Stratum 8 were also those with small party memberships (under 2,000). Hence, unranked first secretaries of raikoms were assigned to Stratum 7 unless the party membership in their respective raions fell below 2,000, in which case they were included in Stratum 8. The second modification involved a pooling of jobs of nominally equivalent rank in the same organization.

To First Secretary of KPB Deputy Chair, People's Control Committee, BSSR out of system (two) 4 5 5 4 4 Sector Heads: Head, Dept. , KPB Second Secretary, Grodno Obkom Asst. to First Secretary of KPB Deputy Chair, People's Control Committee, BSSR out of system (three) 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 Inspectors: First Deputy President, Minsk Oblispolkom Deputy Dept. , KPB (two) Second Secretary, Vitebsk Obkom Second Secretary, Gomel' Obkom (two) First Deputy Dept. Head. -Party Work Dept. , KPB First Deputy Chair, People's Control Committee, BSSR Chair, Minsk Oblast People's Control Committee out of system (three) 4 5 4 4 4 7 4 7 the Central Committee.

Beyond the utility intended for this hierarchy in subsequent chapters, what do the results of this exercise tell us about elite stratification in the Soviet system? Judging from the Belorussian data presented here there is a considerable degree of similarity between hierarchy based on the formal rank of positions and hierarchy generated by transition probabilities to given strata. An examination of the rankings in Appendix A points up this congruence. At the same time, however, there seems to be enough departure from the formal ranking in the mobility-based hierarchy to raise some important questions regarding elite stratification generally and intraorganizational career ladders in particular, as our discussion of the Organization-Party Work Department of the Central Committee of the KPB would suggest.

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