No Easy Way Out: The Effect of Military Coups on State Repression

  title={No Easy Way Out: The Effect of Military Coups on State Repression},
  author={Jean Lachapelle},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={1354 - 1372}
  • Jean Lachapelle
  • Published 19 June 2020
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
Military coups are often advocated as solutions for ending state-sponsored atrocities. Yet, we know little about coups’ precise consequences. This article estimates the effect of coups on state repression by exploiting the element of chance in whether an attempted coup succeeds or fails. Contrary to popular views of coups as remedies against repressive autocrats, I find no evidence that coups have a pacifying effect on state repression. Rather, coups appear to make matters worse, even when… 
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