Khrushchev in the Kremlin: Policy and Government in the Soviet Union, 1953-64
This book presents a new picture of the politics, economics and process of government in the Soviet Union under the leadership of Nikita Khrushchev. Based in large part on original research in recently declassified archive collections, the book examines the full complexity of government, including formal and informal political relationships; economic reforms and nationality relations in the national republics of the USSR; the treatment of political dissent; economic progress through technological innovation; relations with the Eastern bloc; corruption and deceit in the economy; and the reform of the railways and construction sectors.
This chapter will look at three questions. The first relates to the causes of cheating as an element of the Soviet command-planning system, including its Khrushchev variant. The second deals with the campaign against cheating as a reflection of the mechanisms of political leadership characteristic of the Khrushchev period. The third looks at cheating as an adaptation mechanism put into practice by the lower links in the Soviet economic system.