Coup d'État Project

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Coup d'État Project

***Statement regarding the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021*** (Updated Dec. 15, 2022)


CDP Realized Coup Frequency Map

Coups d'État constitute an important subset of irregular transfers of political power that can have enduring consequences for a country's well-being. Despite this, social scientists have struggled to compile an inventory of coups that is global in scope, appropriately sourced, and effectively details the type of coup event that took place as well as the initiators of the coup.  The Cline Center’s Coup d’État Project fills this gap. It is the world’s largest global registry of failed and successful coups that documents and categorizes these events for every country in the world.   


Version 2.1.3 of the Coup d'État Project dataset encompasses 1000 coup events, including 443 realized coups, 352 attempted coups, and 205 coup conspiracies that occurred between 1945 and 2023.


Click here to see an interactive table that displays the number of coup events by country (1945-2023)

Click here to see an interactive map that displays the number of coup events by country (1945-2023)


The Coup d'État Project Dataset

  • Dataset v2.1.3 - This version of the dataset improves on the data published in February 2023 by adding new coup events and updating the coding of coup events that occurred in 2022 extending the period covered from 1945 to the end of 2023. This version of these data (v2.1.3) contains 1000 events (443 successful coups, 352 attempted coups and 205 coup conspiracies).

  • Codebook v2.1.3 - This 15-page document provides a description of the Cline Center's Coup d’État Project Dataset. The first section of this codebook provides a summary of the different versions of the data. The second section provides a succinct definition of a coup d’état used by the Coup d’État Project and an overview of the categories used to differentiate the wide array of events that meet the project's definition. It also defines coup outcomes. The third section describes the methodology used to produce the data.


Click here to see previous versions of Coup d'État Project Data