Of Coups and the Constitution
38 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2016 Last revised: 7 Feb 2017
Date Written: August 1, 2016
Military coups d'etat are a relatively common means of government turnover in many countries, but not in the United States. This paper looks at a number of factors in the United States' Constitution and political culture that make military coups less likely, as well as at some changes in both that may reduce the degree of protection. It also offers some suggestions on how to ensure that America's coup-resistance remains strong.
Keywords: coup d'etat, constitution, military coup, dunlap, knebel
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