Fall of Authoritarian Regimes

1204 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 5 Pages
If we were to remove the crutch that both these regimes rely on for legitimacy, economic success to fund the system of political co-optation, both of these authoritarian regimes would fall unto their sides. Economic crisis, in addition to political issues fundamentally present in the regimes of both countries, will jeopardize the current system of political co-optation that have allowed both regimes to survive. I will argue this through first discussing the role of rising college graduates and economic crisis will play in the fall of the Chinese authoritarian regime, then discuss the role that Putin’s transition from power and a financial crisis will play in the fall of the Russian regime. All in the hopes of proving the inability of both regimes to maintain the current system of political co-optation , leading to the downfall of each regime. With the growing percentage of college graduates, the C.C.P. is struggling to incorporate a large percentage of college graduates. Thus creating an increasing portion of society that is well educated, and dangerously frustrated:politically and socially. The number of college graduates in China continues to grow at an enormous rate, from 829,000 in 1997 to 5.3 million in 2009(Pei 37). The C.C.P. has only been able to hire an estimated 20% of the net increase in college graduates(Pei 37). As usual in one party states, party…