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Self-help organizations and charities were the most numerous, but least-studied of pressure groups to emerge during perestroika . This book examines the social exclusion experienced before 1985 by non-working citizens, studies the pre-1985 disabled people's movement and its numerous unofficial, but non-dissident organizations, discusses why the Gorbachev leadership adopted the non-Soviet concept of 'charity', analyses the failure of local authorities after 1985 to stave off pluralism and defeat the voluntary organizations, and assesses how successfully the latter built the foundations of a civil society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312219932
ISBN-10: 0312219938
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 24mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Palgrave USA
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 22-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Anne White

ANNE WHITE is Lecturer in Russian, Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath. She is the author of De-Stalinization and the House of Culture: Declining State Control over Leisure in the USSR, Poland and Hungary, 1953-1989, and number of articles on the Russian.

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