Civil-military Pathologies and Defeat in War

  title={Civil-military Pathologies and Defeat in War},
  author={Vipin Narang and Caitlin Talmadge},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={1379 - 1405}
This article uses an original data set, the Wartime Civil-military Relations Data Set, to test arguments about the causes of victory and defeat in war. Our analysis provides strong initial support for the notion that civil-military relations powerfully shape state prospects for victory and defeat. Specifically, states whose militaries have a significant internal role or whose regimes engage in coup-proofing appear to have a substantially lower probability of winning interstate wars, even when… 

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