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dc.contributor.authorMarsteintredet, Leiv
dc.contributor.authorMalamud, Andres
dc.PublishedMarsteintredet L, Malamud A. Coup with Adjectives: Conceptual Stretching or Innovation in Comparative Research? Political Studies. 2019eng
dc.description.abstractWas Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff victim of a coup or removed through a legal process of impeachment? The heated debate on the 2016 ousting of Brazil’s president testifies to the growing controversy around the definition of coups. Focusing on Latin America, we show that the use of coups with adjectives have become more frequent in public and scholarly debates. Occurring at a time when coups are becoming rarer, we argue that this development is linked to prevalence- induced concept change, meaning that when instances of a concept become less prevalent, the understanding of the concept expands. The meaning of coups has expanded through a proliferation of adjectives. Coups with adjectives are not new, but recent usage changes the concept from a classic to a family resemblance structure. Although this strategy can avoid stretching and increase differentiation, we urge caution and warn against harmful consequences, whether conceptual, theoretical, or practical.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NCeng
dc.titleCoup with Adjectives: Conceptual Stretching or Innovation in Comparative Research?eng
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2019 The Author(s)en_US
dc.source.journalPolitical Studies

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