Micro-Dynamics of Coups: Evidence from Argentina
This paper studies individual-level decisions to participate in coups. Drawing on both archival and secondary sources, we collect systematic information on the career trajectories of military officers and their involvement in coup attempts. Our dataset covers the entire Argentine officer corps from 1870 to 2007. Inter alia, we find that individual career pressures induced by changes in the military's internal composition motivate officers to leave their barracks and take over political power.