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Lisa Kealy Was Perestroika Doomed from the Outset The theory that perestroika was doomed from the outset is a convincing one The question explicitly denotes that that there were factors that would have made it inevitable that perestroika was doomed from the beginning Although it can be said that a multitude of consequent events may have led to its failure rather than it being a failed program before it was even implemented Perestroika or restructuring was an initiative in which the fundamental pillars of its being were glasnost and democratisation two things the USSR had relatively no experience of The newly introduced lack of censorship through glasnost was a major factor in perhaps why perestroika was doomed to fail It introduced clarity and openness to a system which thrived upon secrecy The Soviet system thrived on three pillars ideology the CPSU and a strong state Gorbachev proceeded to undermine them all Gorbachevs perestroika may have indeed been doomed to fail from the outset To examine this question it is necessary to illustrate the reasons why Were the aims of the project too high Was Gorbachev trying to reform a system that essentially could not be reformed Were the communist party and the Soviet Union on borrowed time and did perestroika and glasnost in fact just hasten the inevitable All of these questions illustrate how it is possible that perestroika was doomed from the outset The aims of perestroika were indeed sweeping changes to the former rigid and predictable Communist way of thinking Perestroika in its initial phase was largely an economic program Gorbachev had recognized that the economy was not performing well It was clear to the leader of the CPSU that the economy needed to be restored The way in which Gorbachev attempted to do this may have
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