Martin K. Dimitrov

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Chinese military personnel march in formation during a last rehearsal at Tiananmen Square in Beijing before the Oct. 1 parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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 »