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African Coup Events Data, 1986-1990 (ICPSR 6869)

Principal Investigator(s): Wang, T.Y.


This survey focuses on coup events in African countries where a state's military, security, or police force was involved. Annual data were collected for coup events between 1986 and 1990 in 45 sub-Saharan African countries. This study replicates McGowan's coding scheme and method of collecting African coup data (see the Related Publication section). Variables include number of successful, attempted, and plotted military coups, as well as year and country name.

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Study Description


Wang, T.Y. AFRICAN COUP EVENTS DATA, 1986-1990. ICPSR06869-v1. Normal, IL: T.Y. Wang, Illinois State University, Dept. of Political Science [producer], 1995. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06869.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06869.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SBR-9320554)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    civil disorders, coup d'etat, internal political conflict, military regimes

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1986--1990

Date of Collection:   

  • 1994--1995

Universe:    Sub-Saharan African countries.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data


Data Source:

Index to THE NEW YORK TIMES, Keesing's Contemporary Archives, AFRICAN RESEARCH BULLETIN, and Foreign Broadcast Information Services (McGowan, 1986: A-3)

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1997-04-14

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