Coup d'État Project

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 that 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 2.1.1 of the Coup d'État Project dataset encompasses 975 coup events, including 441 realized coups, 346 attempted coups, and 188 coup conspiracies that occurred between 1945 and 2022.


Click here to see an interactive table that displays the number of coup events by country (1945-2022)

Click here to see an interactive map that displays the number of coup events by country (1945-2022)


The Coup d'État Project Dataset

  • Dataset v2.1.1 - This is version 2.1.1 of this dataset. This version addresses a minor issue that was identified in version 2.1.0.  Version 2.1.0 incorporated changes from the previously released data (v2.0.0) that include:

    1. Adding additional events and expanding the period covered to 1945-2022
    2. Filling in missing actor information
    3. Filling in missing information on the outcomes for the incumbent executive
    4. Dropping events that were incorrectly coded as coup events

  • Codebook v2.1.1 - This 16-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 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