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By Michael E. Urban

The regulate of workplace has lengthy been considered as the main to realizing strength and coverage within the Soviet process. What, despite the fact that, money owed for this keep watch over of place of work? various traditional reports have addressed this question by way of concentrating on the people who make up the Soviet elite at one time or one other. This booklet adopts a special point of view by means of treating the team of workers process itself as a suite of energy family that govern the mobility of the participants inside it. utilizing the Belorussian Republic because the website of the research, the writer analyzes the activities of people as sequences of complicated interrelations established by way of the procedure. He demonstrates how regionalism has performed a huge function and patronage the decisive position in shaping the styles of elite stream in Belorussia, and descriptions alterations in those similar styles following the arrival of the Gorbachev management, alterations that have been expected in a few respects by way of occasions in Belorussia.

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In order to employ the stratified ranking of jobs to study mobility, we should prefer a cutoff point neither too high (in which case too few jobs would be grouped into too many strata) nor too low (which would produce the opposite result of too many jobs in too few strata). Consequently, some experimentation was in order. 5, but this proved to be too restrictive as the computer program wTas able to create only two additional strata and rank only 40 jobs (not counting those specifically assigned to the first and second strata) under this criterion.

Two minor adjustments were made in the hierarchy at this point. First, those pooled jobs that ranked markedly below their nominally equivalent counterparts were examined. In a few cases it was evident that their ranking on the basis of transition probabilities to other strata yielded misleading results. For instance the two gorkom secretaries in Soligorsk were ranked in the bottom stratum, and this because their respective pool had only one transition to another job, that of secretary of the primary party organization at the Belarusskali mining works at Soligorsk, a position ranked in Stratum 9.

Taken as a whole, these data show a tendency toward transition to other jobs in the apparatus of the KPB (17 of 22 tran- Hierarchy, mobility and a stratified model 33 sitions, six of which are intradepartmental). Secondly, four of the five transitions to other organizations involve jobs in the People's Control Committee of the BSSR, suggesting a close link between the Department and that organization. Most notable, however, is the similarity among each set of positions with respect to the subsequent career moves of their incumbents.

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