An assessment of the ‘democratic’ coup theory

  title={An assessment of the ‘democratic’ coup theory},
  author={J. Powell},
  journal={African Security Review},
  pages={213 - 224}
  • J. Powell
  • Published 2014
  • Political Science
  • African Security Review
  • The Egyptian military's unconstitutional removal of President Mohamed Morsi has reignited a debate regarding the theory of the ‘democratic coup’. Though coups are almost invariably condemned, many political observers and a few scholars have recently argued that coups can act as catalysts for democratisation. This paper empirically assesses the democratic coup hypothesis for Africa. Multivariate analyses from 1952 to 2012 suggest that coups statistically improve a country's democratisation… CONTINUE READING
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