Spatial Rivalry and Coups Against Dictators

  title={Spatial Rivalry and Coups Against Dictators},
  author={Adrian Florea},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={1 - 26}
  • A. Florea
  • Published 18 August 2017
  • Political Science
  • Security Studies
ABSTRACT Dictators' survival depends on the effectiveness of their coup-proofing tactics. Yet coup-proofing strategies can become ineffective in the presence of certain structural conditions that enhance the resources, organizational power, and coordination capacity of the army. One such structural condition is the presence of spatial rivalry, international rivalry over disputed territory. Autocratic incumbents invested in spatial rivalries need to strengthen the military in order to compete… 
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