The ‘puzzle’ of autocratic resilience/regime collapse: the case of Cuba

  title={The ‘puzzle’ of autocratic resilience/regime collapse: the case of Cuba},
  author={Laurence Whitehead},
  journal={Third World Quarterly},
  pages={1666 - 1682}
  • L. Whitehead
  • Published 29 July 2016
  • Political Science
  • Third World Quarterly
Abstract Why do some authoritarian regimes abruptly collapse, whereas others display remarkable resilience and durability? This article addresses one particularly striking example. Why did the Batista regime in Cuba unexpectedly and suddenly disintegrate in 1958 under challenge from the small guerrilla force that Fidel Castro had established in the Sierra Maestra, whereas – over half a century later – the Castro regime has not only survived as the most long-lasting system of personalist rule in… 

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