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Author Singh, Naunihal, author
Title Seizing power : the strategic logic of military coups / Naunihal Singh
Imprint Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017
©2014
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 人文社會聯圖  JC494 .S56 2017    AVAILABLE    30610020543682
Edition Johns Hopkins Paperback edition
Descript x, 252 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-245) and index
Originally published in hardcover: 2014
"While coups drive a majority of regime changes and are responsible for the overthrow of many democratic governments, there has been very little empirical work on the subject. Seizing Power develops a new theory of coup dynamics and outcomes, drawing on 300 hours of interviews with coup participants and an original dataset of 471 coup attempts worldwide from 1950 to 2000. Naunihal Singh delivers a concise and empirical evaluation, arguing that understanding the dynamics of military factions is essential to predicting the success or failure of coups. Singh draws on an aspect of game theory known as a coordination game to explain coup dynamics. He finds a strong correlation between successful coups and the ability of military actors to project control and the inevitability of success. Examining Ghana's multiple coups and the 1991 coup attempt in the USSR, Singh shows how military actors project an image of impending victory that is often more powerful than the reality on the ground. In his close analysis of ten coups in Ghana from 1967 to 1981, Singh identifies three distinct points of coup origination: coups from top military officers, coups from the middle ranks, and mutinous coups from low-level soldiers"--Publisher's website
Introduction -- Theory -- Counting coups -- Coups from the top of the military -- Coups from the middle -- Coups from the bottom -- USSR, 1991: three days that changed the world -- Conclusion
Subject Coups d'état
Coups d'état -- Ghana
Coups d'état. fast (OCoLC)fst00881606
Ghana. fast (OCoLC)fst01208741
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