Coup D'etat Project (CDP)

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Coup D'etat Project (CDP)

Coup by Pittaya Sroilong/ CC BY
Coup by Pittaya Sroilong/ CC BY

Coup d'états are important events in the life of a country. They constitute an important subset of irregular transfers of political power that can have important and enduring consequences for a country's well-being. Despite this, social scientists have yet to compile a well-documented inventory of coups that is global in scope. There are a number of datasets that feature a comprehensive list of coup events, however these datasets are not well documented, nor do they effectively detail neither the type of coup event that took place nor the initiators of the coup.  Therefore, the objective of the The Coup D'état Project (CDP) is to compile, for 165 countries in the post WWII era, a more comprehensive listing, documentation, and categorization of coups that can be used by researchers.   

 

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    The Coup D'etat Project White Paper Coup d'états are important events in the life of a country. They constitute an important subset of irregular transfers of political power that can have important and enduring consequences for a country’s well-being. This notwithstanding, a comprehensive and well-documented inventory of coups has yet to be compiled. The Coup D’état Project (CDP) is an effort to fill that void. It is a two-stage project and the second stage is still in progress. The first stage involved compiling and documenting existing information on coups from various sources, as well as generating quantitative data on each coup. This white paper provides a succinct definition of a coup d’état used by the CDP, an overview of the typology that was developed to differentiate among coup types, and an outline of the quantitative data collected for each coup. Reliability checks for the coup data collected are reported in Appendix I.

    Google Earth File: 1945-2005 Sample Set - (Requires Google Earth (free download). 

    The Google Earth KML file listed below contains a visualization of Coup D'état events categorized by the Cline Center. There are three types of coup events shown in this file: attempted coups, coup conspiracies, and successful coups.