This paper is a transcript of three presentations at a meeting that was part of the 31st Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 29, 1989. It also includes transcripts of comments that were made in a discussion following the presentations. The theme of the papers centered around the removal and replacement of Central Committee Personnel in the Soviet Union, and whether these individuals are a new version of the old guard. The papers suggest that Gorbachev's efforts to consolidate power by purge and placement may be hampered by the factional splits among members of the Politburo.
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