The People’s Republic of China (PRC) recently celebrated its 70th birthday — and now, in the view of many analysts, claims the distinction of history’s longest-lived communist regime. I reached out to Martin K. Dimitrov, professor of political science at Tulane University, for his insights on Chinese politics and comparative authoritarianism.
Jessica Chen Weiss: Other communist states — notably the U.S.S.R. — collapsed years ago. Why did these communist regimes fail, and what explains the resilience of China and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)?
Martin K. Dimitrov: Scholars have not reached a consensus on this question, but my own sense is that there are three factors that greatly increase the likelihood of collapse: an inhospitable international environment, elite defections and mass discontent.… Seguir leyendo »