The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created a dataset documenting coups d’état that occurred from 1945 to 2019. Coups d’état constitute an important subset of irregular transfers of political power, but currently there are a limited number of datasets available about these events. This dataset is facilitating research on post-WWII coups by compiling a comprehensive list and categorization of 943 coups, including information on the type of actor who initiated a coup (e.g. military, rebels, etc.), what the outcome of a coup event was (e.g. realized or successful coup, unrealized coup attempt, or thwarted conspiracy), and whether a deposed leader was killed, jailed, or exiled.
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