Stalinism

Discipline: Political Science

Doctrines and policies associated with the Soviet politician Joseph Stalin (1879-1953).

A concentration of repressive power in the hands of a single leader and the ruthless suppression of opposition and dissent, combined with the advocacy of socialism in one country.

Less a doctrine espoused by Stalin than a style of politics attributed to him and to other despotic communists.

Source:
David McLellan, Marxism After Marx (London, 1980)

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