The 2019 Coup attempt in Venezuela

Andreas Nørgård, Anna Elisabeth Heinrichs & Anna-Carlotta Dimler

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This research investigates how and why a coup attempt is happening in Venezuela. In
January 2019, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself interim
president, where support and international recognition soon followed after the US
recognized him as the legitimate leader. While Venezuela’s acting President Nicolas
Maduro is internationally heavily criticized for the economic and social crisis within
Venezuela, the US has used the condition of Venezuela to argue for the need for a regime
change. Even though the US has allegedly only humanitarian reasons to interfere,
political and economic interest have been primarily present in our findings. Moreover, a
clear connection was identifiable between Washington and opposition leader Guaido
which showed that the US has been one of the primary forces driving the coup attempt.
As a result, our research seeks to answer why and how a hegemon is able to interfere in
the political development of a minor sovereign nation.
In order to answer our research question, we have employed a single case study
research in combination within case methods of process tracing and content analysis.
Therefore, we have created a theoretical framework consisting of theory-based
categories which are synthesised of prior established theories of coups and regime
Here, this project argues for a lack of research sufficiently explaining coups and thereby
aims to contribute to the regime change literature.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2019
Antal sider64
VejledereAhmad Wesal Zaman