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

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Cornell University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.63 inches | 1.04 pounds

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About the Author
Erica De Bruin is Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Her work has been published in Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Foreign Affairs. Follow her on X @esdebruin.

Erica De Bruin's book offers the most comprehensive account to date of whether counterbalancing (or coup proofing) can deter coup attempts and lower the risk of coups being successful. A major accomplishment of the book is that it offers a quantitative analysis based on an impressive dataset collected by the author... Erica De Bruin's book deserves to be read not only by academics and dictators, but by anyone interested in research on coups.

-- "Journal of Peace Research"

De Bruin's How to Prevent Coups d'État makes a real contribution to the study of civil-military relations. The most important of which are that counterbalancing institutions do reduce the likelihood of a successful coup, but paradoxically, their very existence may trigger the very act it is designed to prevent... How to Prevent Coups d'État should be a staple in any course on civil-military relations and read alongside classics including Eric Nordlinger's Soldiers in Politics, Samuel Finer's The Man on Horseback, and Samuel Huntington's The Soldier and the State.

-- "The Journal of the Middle East and Africa"

[T]his book is an insightful empirical introduction to counterbalancing and its implications on coup attempts. I would recommend it to those interested in civilian-military relations[, ] specifically due to the richness of the cases and the novelty and accessibility of the findings.

-- "The Strategy Bridge"

In How to Prevent Coups d'État, De Bruin provides a compelling narrative of the role that counterweights to the military play in civil-military relations and conflict processes more broadly. The book, and the data it uses, should inspire many additional studies of civil-military relations and vigorous discussion for years to come. It is highly recommended for all serious students of civil-military relations, security studies, and conflict processes more broadly.

-- "H-Net"