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The Democratic Coup d'État

Ozan Varol


The term “coup d’état,” --French for stroke of the state--brings to mind coups staged by power-hungry generals who overthrow the existing regime, not to democratize but to concentrate power in their own hands as dictators. We assume all coups look the same, smell the same, and present the same threats to democracy. It’s a powerful, concise, and self-reinforcing idea. It’s also wrong. The Democratic Coup d’État advances a simple yet controversial argument: Sometimes a democracy is established through a military coup. The book covers events from the Athenian Navy’s stance in 411 BC against a tyr ... More

Keywords: military coup, democratic coup, democracy, democratic transition, democratization, revolution, dictatorship, authoritarianism, military, coup d’état

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190626013
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190626013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ozan Varol, author
Associate Professor of Law, Lewis and Clark Law School