Glasnost and the Political Context of Gorbachev's Reforms

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Did Gorbachev implement Glasnost with the aim of turning the Soviet Union into a democratic capitalist economy?
A: Plan of the Investigation
Did Gorbachev implement Glasnost with the aim of turning the Soviet Union into a democratic capitalist economy? Thesis: Glasnost was a means to achieve Gorbachev's broader political reforms, however, these reforms did not include the installation of a democratic, capitalist economy. At the time Gorbachev implemented Glasnost, he intended for the Communist Party to remain the only party and for the Government to own most of the major enterprises.
The democratization, economic liberalization, and eventual collapse of the Soviet Union is commonly attributed to Mikhail Gorbachev's Perestroika and Glasnost reforms during the period of 1985-1991. This purpose of these reforms is still a trenchant question as the countries of the old Soviet Union, particular Russia, are being pressured to further liberalize their economies.
This study will examine Gorbachev's understanding of the Glasnost policy and the role of Glasnost in Gorbachev's larger political reform program with the help of the Gorbachev Factor, by Archie Brown, and Gorbachev's Glasnost, by Joseph Gibbs.
B: Summary of Evidence
The Political Context of Gorbachev's Reforms
The Soviet Union faced a number of significant challenges during the 1980's. The most obvious challenges were economic. The Soviet Union's command economy, where the government determined output and prices,…
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