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The Soviet Debate on the Convergence of the American & Soviet Systems

Donald R. Kelley
Polity
Vol. 6, No. 2 (Winter, 1973), pp. 174-196
DOI: 10.2307/3234006
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3234006
Page Count: 23
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The Soviet Debate on the Convergence of the American & Soviet Systems
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Abstract

The official Soviet view is critical of convergence theory, but an underground literature argues it. Professor Kelley succinctly summarizes convergence theory's propositions and analyzes the official critique of it, including the denial that: technocratic managers are the ruling class in a postindustrial society, the proletariat disappears, the class struggle softens, and ideology is replaced by simple pragmatism. He examines the dissenters who argue elements of the convergence position, which raises basic questions within the Soviet Union.

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