Toward a Structural Understanding of Coup Risk

  title={Toward a Structural Understanding of Coup Risk},
  author={Aaron Belkin and Evan Schofer},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={594 - 620}
Although coup risk plays an important role in theories of war, revolution, and democratization, scholars have not developed a rigorous conceptualization and valid measure of the concept. We develop a structural understanding of coup risk as distinct from proximate causes of coups as well as coup-proofing strategies that regimes implement to avert coups. Theoretical insights into factors that predispose regimes toward coup vulnerability provide the groundwork for an improved measure based on… 

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