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Coup-Proofing and Military Effectiveness in Interstate Wars, 1967–99

Pilster, Ulrich and Böhmelt, Tobias (2011) 'Coup-Proofing and Military Effectiveness in Interstate Wars, 1967–99.' Conflict Management and Peace Science, 28 (4). pp. 331-350. ISSN 0738-8942

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Abstract

<jats:p> 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. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: civil-military relations; coup-proofing; military effectiveness
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2014 14:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:48
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8621

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