Coup-Proofing and Military Inefficiencies: An Experiment

  title={Coup-Proofing and Military Inefficiencies: An Experiment},
  author={Andrew W. Bausch},
  journal={International Interactions},
  pages={1 - 32}
  • Andrew W. Bausch
  • Published 2 January 2018
  • Political Science
  • International Interactions
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