An assessment of the ‘democratic’ coup theory

@article{Powell2014AnAO,
  title={An assessment of the ‘democratic’ coup theory},
  author={Jonathan M Powell},
  journal={African Security Review},
  year={2014},
  volume={23},
  pages={213 - 224}
}
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