Coup d’État and Democracy

  title={Coup d’{\'E}tat and Democracy},
  author={Curtis Bell},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={1167 - 1200}
  • C. Bell
  • Published 17 February 2016
  • Economics
  • Comparative Political Studies
This article explains coup activity in democracies by adapting insights from the literature on commitment problems and framing coup around the threats leaders and potential coup plotters pose to each other. I claim democratic constraints on executive power inhibit a leader’s ability to repress threats from political rivals. Though this decreases motivations for coup attempts, it also makes democracies more vulnerable should a coup attempt occur. Consequently, democratic constraints on executive… 

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