Professor Archie Brown argues that Gorbachev was not selected as General Secretary because he was a reformer. He did at the time he became party leader believe both that the system was reformable and that it must be reformed. But he did not, however, reveal the full extent of his existing reformism on the eve of perestroika.
Archie Brown is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University and an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1991 and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2003. His most recent book is The Rise and Fall of Communism (2009).