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Stalin the charismatic leader?: Explaining the 'Cult of Personality' as a legitimation technique


Strong, C and Killingsworth, M, Stalin the charismatic leader?: Explaining the 'Cult of Personality' as a legitimation technique, Politics, Religion and Ideology, 12, (4) pp. 391-411. ISSN 2156-7689 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/21567689.2011.624410


This article reassesses Stalin's attempts to construct legitimacy through the development of a 'cult of personality', built through an overt co-option of the charismatic authority generated by Lenin's revolutionary leadership. While seemingly counterintuitive, it will be argued that Max Weber's theory of charismatic authority offers a constructive tool with which to examine Stalin's attempt to construct legitimacy through the creation of the 'cult of personality'. Through the application of routinised charisma, Stalin's attempts at legitimation are not only better understood, but also present further avenues for exploring non-democratic legitimation techniques through the use of modern media.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Stalin, charismatic authority, leader, Cult of Personality, Soviet Union
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Killingsworth, M (Dr Matt Killingsworth)
ID Code:74382
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2011-11-25
Last Modified:2017-11-23
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