Coup d’état or Coup d'Autocracy? How Coups Impact Democratization, 1950–2008

@article{Thyne2014CoupDO,
  title={Coup d’{\'e}tat or Coup d'Autocracy? How Coups Impact Democratization, 1950–2008},
  author={Clayton Thyne and Jonathan M. Powell},
  journal={Foreign Policy Analysis},
  year={2014},
  volume={12},
  pages={192-213}
}
This paper considers how coups impact democratization. Current research focuses on coups as a threat to consolidated and fledgling democracies. Policymakers have adapted to this viewpoint by treating coups as unjustifiable maneuvers that must be curtailed, with states frequently terminating aid and IOs suspending membership following a coup. While coups clearly confound democratic consolidation, it is notable that the vast majority of coups do not happen in democracies. Therefore, we focus on… Expand

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