African military coups d'état, 1956–2001: frequency, trends and distribution

  title={African military coups d'{\'e}tat, 1956–2001: frequency, trends and distribution},
  author={Pat McGowan},
  journal={The Journal of Modern African Studies},
  pages={339 - 370}
  • Pat McGowan
  • Published 26 August 2003
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Modern African Studies
Described here is a new data set including all successful coups d'état (80), failed coup attempts (108) and reported coup plots (139) for all 48 independent sub-Saharan African (SSA) states for the 46-year period from January 1956 until December 2001. Elite political instability (PI) in this form remains widespread in SSA, in contrast to other regions of the global South. Military-led PI has been shown to adversely affect economic growth and human development in SSA, and is a major cause of the… 

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