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Coup-proofing and military effectiveness in interstate wars, 1967-99

Pilster, U and Böhmelt, T (2011) 'Coup-proofing and military effectiveness in interstate wars, 1967-99.' Conflict Management and Peace Science, 28 (4). 331 - 350. ISSN 0738-8942

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This study examines the influence of civil-military relations on military effectiveness. More specifically, we investigate how coup-proofing, that is, the strategies and tactics employed to prevent the military from seizing power, affects battlefield performance. The main argument claims that coup-proofing has a negative impact on soldiers' leadership qualities, initiative, and the ability to coordinate different military units. Ultimately, the higher a country's coup-proofing efforts relative to its opponent, the worse its effectiveness on the battlefield. We test this hypothesis using data on battlefield outcomes and coup-proofing between 1967 and 1999. © The Author(s) 2011.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2014 14:00
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 20:15

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