Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The 70 year theory

Is 70 years about the maximum that one party can stay in power in a given country?  Some intellectuals think it might be:
Hu Xingdou of the Beijing Institute of Technology says it has become common among intellectuals to wonder whether 70 years is about the maximum a single party can remain in power, based on the records set by the Soviet Communist Party and Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party. China’s party will have done 70 years in 2019.
What are the counter-examples?  Should colonialism count?  Royal families?  What makes parties different?  Or is it not that parties are different, but rather this era of history is different?  

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