Among the new features of the 1977 Soviet Constitution are provisions that strengthen the role of the Communist Party, redefine the powers of the Union Republics, and announce the foreign policy of the U.S.S.R. The author demonstrates that these principal features represent a consolidation of the U.S.S.R.'s power as a multinational party-state of world stature. Yet, this consolidation is a response to the centrifugal forces of social differentiation, non-Russian nationalism, and foreign Communist dissension, which threaten the ideal of Communist uniformity at home and abroad.
The 1977 USSR Constitution: A Document of Social, National and International Consolidation,
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