The Collapse of Soviet Communism: A Class Dynamics Interpretation

  title={The Collapse of Soviet Communism: A Class Dynamics Interpretation},
  author={Thomas F. Mayer},
  journal={Social Forces},
  pages={759 - 811}
  • T. Mayer
  • Published 1 March 2002
  • Economics
  • Social Forces
Concepts of class struggle and social reproduction are used to explain the sudden collapse of Soviet Communism. I explore these ideas by means of the mathematical theory of dynamical systems. Theoretical focus is upon the power of social classes and how this power changes over time. The Soviet bureaucracy gradually divided into two classes, and the power relations between these ruling classes caused a drastic loss of power by both, which is why the Communist system collapsed. Four classes of… Expand
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