Supporter of stability or agent of agitation? The effect of US foreign policy on coups in Latin America, 1960—99

  title={Supporter of stability or agent of agitation? The effect of US foreign policy on coups in Latin America, 1960—99},
  author={Clayton Thyne},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={449 - 461}
  • C. Thyne
  • Published 25 May 2010
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This article takes a two-step approach to improving our understanding of how US foreign policy signals affect the likelihood of coups in Latin America. First, a large body of qualitative literature has developed a ‘conventional wisdom’ on this subject, suggesting that pressure from the USA plays a key role in stabilizing favored leaders and destabilizing unfavored leaders. Meanwhile, quantitative scholarship analyzing coups focuses almost exclusively on intrastate factors. The first step brings… 

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