Martin K. Dimitrov

Martin K. Dimitrov is Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Studies at Tulane University. His books include Piracy and the State: The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights in China (Cambridge University Press, 2009); Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2013); The Political Logic of Socialist Consumption (Ciela Publishers, 2018); Dictatorship and Information: Autocratic Regime Resilience in Communist Europe and China (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022) and The Adaptability of the Chinese Communist Party (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022).

The Prospects for a Liberal Education in China

Students are crucial drivers of protests against authoritarian injustices. We can think of numerous examples – Iran in 2009, Egypt in 2011, and Russia following the electoral falsifications in 2011-2012. In China, which is the subject of this short essay, there has been a storied history of student discontent, with the May Fourth protests against …

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Democracy and Democratization

Democracy and Democratization: The Road Ahead, Three Decades after 1989

In the year when we are marking the thirtieth anniversary of both the bloody suppression of protests in China and the fall of the Berlin Wall, we need to take stock of the remarkable progress that democratization has made around the world since 1989. However, we should also be mindful that that progress stalled at …

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