Democratic versus Authoritarian Coups: The Influence of External Actors on States’ Postcoup Political Trajectories

@article{Thyne2020DemocraticVA,
  title={Democratic versus Authoritarian Coups: The Influence of External Actors on States’ Postcoup Political Trajectories},
  author={Clayton Thyne and Kendall Hitch},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  year={2020},
  volume={64},
  pages={1857 - 1884}
}
Once considered artifacts of history, research on coups has burgeoned recently. Most studies focus on decisions to stage coups, considering factors like individual benefits, organizational interests, and government legitimacy. Less work considers what happens following coups. This article considers the political trajectory of states following coups. We argue that external reactions to coups play important roles in whether coup leaders move toward authoritarianism or democratic governance. When… 
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