Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

9 Reconsidering Trotsky’s Theory

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Over the years, Trotsky broadly defined the problem of Soviet bureaucracy in three different ways: as one of inefficiency in military supply and the economy, in terms of the independence of the state and party apparatuses from proletarian control and their responsiveness to alien class pressures, and as a distinct social formation that had attained a high degree of autonomy from all social classes. At each point his understanding of the issue was shaped by his own major concerns at the time, by his previous image of bureaucracy, and by his analysis of current events. His political activities as well as his analysis of Soviet politics, society, and history were largely guided and shaped by his evolving understanding of the general nature of the problem of bureaucracy. He also perceived the USSR to be advanced as a societal form in the early stages of the transition from capitalism to socialism.

Keywords: capitalism; economy; socialism; Soviet bureaucracy; Soviet Union; Trotsky



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Trotsky and the Problem of Soviet Bureaucracy — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation