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The Soviet Volunteers : Modernization and Bureaucracy in Public Mass Organization / William E. Odom.

Author/Creator:
Odom, William E., author., Author,
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (378 pages)
Series:
Princeton Legacy Library ; 1381
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Bureaucracy.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Founded in 1927, the Society of Friends of Defense and Aviation- Chemical Construction, or "Osoaviakhim," became the largest mass voluntary association in the Soviet Union before World War II. Conceived in Bolshevik rhetoric about the creativity of the toiling masses, this novel organizational scheme gradually acquired bureaucratic substance and played a significant role in making the civilian masses administratively accessible for elementary programs in military training and chemical and aviation technology.William E. Odom's study of Osoaviakhim in its first decade seeks not only to recount the history of its development, but, more importantly, to demonstrate that the Soviet experience can be analyzed using the language and concepts of Western social science. In particular, the author argues that concepts from organization theory offer promising opportunities to relate Soviet area studies to the broader concerns of comparative politics, and that middle range generalizations about politics within bureaucracies may prove very helpful in explaining "who gets what, when, and how" in the Soviet polity.Originally published in 1974.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Table of Contents
List of Charts
Preface
Glossary
Introduction
Part I. The Origins of Osoaviakhim
Chapter I. The Doctrinal Heritage
Chapter II. Bolshevik Perceptions of Cultural Backwardness
Chapter III. Implications of Technological Backwardness
Chapter IV. The Red Army as an Instrument of Social Transformation
Chapter V. Resource Constraints and the State Budget
Chapter VI. Osoaviakhim's Predecessors
Part II. Formal Structure
Chapter VII. General Terminology and Concepts
Chapter VIII. The Hierarchy of Societies
Chapter IX. Linkages with Other Organizations
Part III. Osoaviakhim as an Economy
Chapter X. Resources-Organizational Inputs
Chapter XI. The Organizational Process
Part IV. Osoaviakhim as a Bureaucracy
Chapter XII. A Brief Historical Sketch
Chapter XIII. Goals and Program Development
Chapter XIV. Development of the Formal Hierarchy
Chapter XV. Bureaucracy: Rational Structure or Political Arena?
Chapter XVI. Power Relations in Osoaviakhim
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 30. Aug 2021)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781400870561
OCLC:
979742886
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781400870561 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.