Theoretically, members of the ground forces are the normal coup plotters as they have sufficient training and equipment to accomplish the objectives of a successful coup. Henceforth, what is quite puzzling is mixed coups. These coups include other officers from other service branches; taking into account, the ability of ground forces to execute the coup without the interference of other service branches. Therefore, the question is why would the coup leader involve those whom he would not tactically need for the coups’ execution. This is only one side of the puzzle that asks why and how a mixed coup agency is formed. The second side is why would ground forces officers prefer to act alone in other cases? These variations with regards to coup agencies raised questions about the variables that can influence the coup agency formation. In this dissertation, I would assume that the coup agency formation is primarily dependent on two factors: First, the ability of the main coup plotter to liaise between different military service branches. Second, the presence of a state of social unrest that could be utilized by the coup leader, who can liaise between different service branches, to convince officers from different service branches to jointly execute a coup as a means to end “chaos”.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Graduation Date

Fall 2015

Submission Date


First Advisor

Albrecht, Holger

Committee Member 1

Pinfari, Marco

Committee Member 2

Duboc, Marie


91 leaves Civil-Military Relations , Military Coups D'état , Infantry Coup , Mixed Coup , Coup Agency , Social Unrest

Document Type

Master's Thesis

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