Policy Press

Regional Organizations and Their Responses to Coups

Measures, Motives and Aims

By Franziska Hohlstein

Published

Sep 30, 2022

Page count

272 pages

ISBN

978-1529224085

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 30, 2022

Page count

272 pages

ISBN

978-1529224092

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Regional Organizations and Their Responses to Coups

Coups d’état continue to present one of the most extreme risks to democracy and stable governance worldwide. This book examines the unique role played by regional organisations (ROs) following the occurrence of a coup d’état.

The book analyses which factors influence the strength of reactions demonstrated by ROs and explores which different post-coup solutions ROs pursue. It argues that, when confronted with a coup, ROs take both basic democratic standards and regional stability into account before forming their responses.

Using a mixed methods approach, the book concludes that ROs respond more decisively to a coup based on how detrimental it will be for the state of democracy in a country, and the higher its risk of destabilizing the region.

Franziska Hohlstein is a research associate at the German Federal Statistical Office. She has completed her PhD and worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Freiburg.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Theorizing the role of ROs after coups

Chapter 3: Mapping the global pattern of RO responses to coups

Chapter 4: Explaining the strength of RO responses to coups

Chapter 5: Examining differential post-coup solutions

Chapter 6: Conclusion