Military Coups and Military Rule in Latin America

  title={Military Coups and Military Rule in Latin America},
  author={Robert H. Dix},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={439 - 456}
  • Robert H. Dix
  • Published 1 April 1994
  • Political Science
  • Armed Forces & Society
Contrary to the prognostications of authors writing as late as 15 years ago, both military coups and direct military rule in Latin America are shown to have undergone a sudden, sustained, region-wide decline following a notable upsurge during the 1970s. Rather than with changing levels of socioeconomic development, the explanation lies substantially with the legacy of military rule itself, including the military's association with economic failure, the disaffection of the military's business… 

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