The Military Purges in Dictatorships (MPD) dataset contains information on the dates and characteristics of military purges events in authoritarian countries. The MPD Vesion 1 covers 566 political leaders in 116 authoritarian countries over the period 1965 to 2005. By coding the timing and various characteristics of military purges, MPD facilitates empirical study of the relationships between autocratic leaders and their militaries, and thus is useful for researchers studying political violence, repression, civil-military relations, coup-proofing, leader survival, and regime transition.
When you cite the MPD dataset, please cite:
- Jun Koga Sudduth. “Purging Militaries: Introducing the Military Purges in Dictatorships (MPD) dataset.” Forthcoming at the Journal of Peace Research
- Jun Koga Sudduth. 2017. “Strategic Logic of Elite Purges in Dictatorships.” Comparative Political Studies. 50 (3) : 1768-1801.
MPD Version 1
- Data (event format and leader-year format) and Codebook are available.