What makes governments resistant to coups?


Scenes of protesters confronting army tanks quickly claimed the world’s attention last month when Turkey’s military staged a coup attempt — and the ensuing crackdown has sparked worldwide concerns, analysts James R. Hollyer, B. Peter Rosendorff and James Raymond Vreeland write for The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog:

Ironically, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left), who had previously sought to strictly control social media, helped coordinate these protests through FaceTime and Twitter appeals, along with more traditional forms of communication. But with the spread of social media around the world, are coups more or less likely to occur?


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