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Politics, Professionalism, and Peacekeeping: An Analysis of the 1987 Military Coup in Fiji
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Jan., 1994), pp. 187-201
Published by: Comparative Politics, Ph.D. Programs in Political Science, City University of New York
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/422267
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Ethnic conflict, class conflict, and conspiracy theories are inadequate in explaining the May 1987 military coup in the Pacific island state of Fiji. The coup is best explained in terms of civil-military relations, specifically, by an army's effort to protect its institutional interests. The case of Fiji demonstrates the explanatory power of a composite approach to understanding military intervention. It cautions against simplistically attributing political crises to ethnic tensions, highlights the importance of consulation with the military in moves to slash defense spending, and raises fundamental questions about the impact of peacekeeping duties on soldiers.
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