Coups and Democracy

  title={Coups and Democracy},
  author={Nikolay Marinov and Henk E Goemans},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={799 - 825}
This study uses new data on coups d’état and elections to document a striking development: whereas the vast majority of successful coups before 1991 installed durable rules, the majority of coups after that have been followed by competitive elections. The article argues that after the Cold War, international pressure influenced the consequences of coups. In the post-Cold War era, countries that were most dependent on Western aid were the first to embrace competitive elections after their coups… 
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