The colonial roots of structural coup-proofing

  title={The colonial roots of structural coup-proofing},
  author={Marius Mehrl and Ioannis Choulis},
  journal={International Interactions},
  pages={750 - 776}
ABSTRACT Colonially inherited institutions are a key determinant of the regime type and economic outcomes of postcolonial countries. This study extends this claim to civil-military relations, arguing that former French colonies are especially likely to invest in structural coup-proofing. France created paramilitary units throughout its colonies for which many natives were recruited. After independence, these paramilitaries proved persistent and were consequently used to counterbalance the… 
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