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Crafting Civilian Control of the Military in VenezuelaA Comparative Perspective$
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Harold A. Trinkunas

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829820

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877036_trinkunas

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A Lost Opportunity: The Failure of Democratization in Venezuela, 1945–1948

A Lost Opportunity: The Failure of Democratization in Venezuela, 1945–1948

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(p.27) Chapter 2 A Lost Opportunity: The Failure of Democratization in Venezuela, 1945–1948
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Crafting Civilian Control of the Military in Venezuela
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Harold A. Trinkunas

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877036_trinkunas.6

This chapter focuses on the failed democratization attempt in 1945–1948. Because civilian politicians made poor decisions regarding civil-military relations in this period, the armed forces staged a coup and were able to depose President Rómulo Gallegos with little resistance. The chapter examines the factors that allowed the armed forces to intervene in politics and act against an elected government. It also discusses what democratizers could have done to prevent this failed case of democratization.

Keywords:   democratization, civil-military relations, armed forces, coup, Rómulo Gallegos, politics, democratizers

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