Is There a Ruling Class in the USSR?

Authors

  • Paul M. Sweezy

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-030-05-1978-09_1

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Abstract

The answers most frequently given to this question can be divided into two major categories, each of which includes a number of variants. The first holds that there is indeed a ruling class in the USSR, but there is no general agreement as to its nature and attributes. Some say it is a capitalist class, basically like the ruling classes in the developed capitalist countries though differing from them in relatively minor respects and degrees. Others maintain that there is a ruling class but that it is of a new type, differing in essentials from hitherto existing ruling classes. The second major category of answers holds that there is no ruling class in the USSR, arguing instead that state power is in the hands of a "bureaucracy," but once again there is no consensus on the meaning of the term.

Published

1978-10-01

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