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Political Dynamics Of Rule By The People/ Naunihal Singh.

By: Publisher: New Delhi: Anmol, 2000Description: 486p.; 24cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
ISBN:
  • 8126105143
Subject(s): LOC classification:
  • JC421 S5
Online resources:
Contents:
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.
Summary: "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.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-245) and index.

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.

"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.

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