Was the Soviet System Reformable?

  title={Was the Soviet System Reformable?},
  author={Stephen F. Cohen},
  journal={Slavic Review},
  pages={459 - 488}
Stephen F. Cohen presents a critical analysis of the prevailing view that Mikhail Gorbachev's six-year attempt to transform the Soviet Union along democratic and market lines proved that the system was, as most specialists had always believed, unreformable. Ideological, conceptual, and historical assumptions underlying the nonreformability thesis are reexamined and found wanting, as are the ways in which generalizations about “the system” and “reform” are usually formulated. Cohen then asks how… 
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