Global Instances of Coups

​On this page you will find materials related to the “Global Instances of Coups” dataset, updated regularly by Jonathan Powell and Clayton Thyne. This project defines coups as “illegal and overt attempts by the military or other elites within the state apparatus to unseat the sitting executive.” Successes are treated as episodes in which the perpetrators (or their agents) control power for at least 7 days. 

All data on this page are updated regularly. I strongly encourage anyone with comments, questions, or concerns with the data to contact Jonathan Powell or Clayton Thyne.

How to cite:
​Powell, Jonathan & Clayton Thyne. 2011. Global Instances of Coups from 1950-PresentJournal of Peace Research 48(2):249-259.

​If citing the data as a link, please use the original Journal of Peace Research page.

Access the Data:

List of coups by country (txt). 2=Successful Coup; 1=Failed Coup

Stata: insheet using, clear

List of coups by country(ccode)-year (txt).  Stata: insheet using

Original candidate list (txt) *NOTE: This list does not include candidates considered since original publication in JPR.

Stata: insheet using

Codebook (pdf)

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