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How to Prevent Coups d'État: Counterbalancing and Regime Survival

Erica De Bruin


This book looks at the threats that rulers face from their own armed forces. Can they make their regimes impervious to coups? This book shows that how leaders organize their coercive institutions has a profound effect on the survival of their regimes. When rulers use presidential guards, militarized police, and militia to counterbalance the regular military, efforts to oust them from power via coups d'état are less likely to succeed. Even as counterbalancing helps to prevent successful interventions, however, the resentment that it generates within the regular military can provoke new coup att ... More

Keywords: rulers, armed forces, coups d'état, regimes, counterbalancing, civil war, regime survival, presidential guards, militarized police, militia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501751912
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501751912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erica De Bruin, author
Hamilton College