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

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  • ULRICH PILSTER

    (University of Essex)

  • TOBIAS BÖHMELT

    (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

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    Abstract

    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.

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    Article provided by Peace Science Society (International) in its journal Conflict Management & Peace Science.

    Volume (Year): 28 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 4 (September)
    Pages: 331-350

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:compsc:v:28:y:2011:i:4:p:331-350

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    Keywords: civil-military relations; coup-proofing; military effectiveness;

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