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Author Fahrenkrug, David T

Title Regime change and the role of airpower / David T. Fahrenkrug
Published Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. : School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 80 pages : chart)
Contents Introduction -- The theory -- The causal mechanism -- American regime change -- South Vietnamese regime change -- Conclusion
Summary Drawing from the vision of airpower theorists, and building on insights gained from studies on various regime changes, this thesis advances a theory of regime change and outlines a strategy for the use of airpower. In order to remain in power, regimes must continue to provide goods to the group of people responsible for its rise to power - the winning coalition. Different types of regimes rely on different types of goods to satisfy their winning coalition. This thesis advances the hypothesis that adversely affecting these goods will create policy failure, increase dissatisfaction among the winning coalition, and cause members to seek out a new coalition and regime to provide the lost goods. Additionally, since many regimes supply goods to third parties in order to retain their support, a third hypothesis was introduced to account for the influence of international support. Analysis of an American and South Vietnamese regime change demonstrated that overthrowing a particular type of regime is directly related to attacks on certain types of goods, thus providing a better model for airpower strategists planning a regime change. The theory outlined in this thesis is founded on theoretical limits for regime types and few regimes actually exist at these extremes still, the more democratic a regime, the more airpower should focus on public goods. Conversely, the more autocratic a regime, the airpower should attack private goods
Notes "A Thesis presented to the faculty of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies for completion of graduation requirements."
"June 2003."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-80)
Notes Mode of access: Internet
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader
Subject Coup d'├ętat (Vietnam : 1963)
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Air power -- Political aspects
Air warfare -- History
Political stability
Politics and war
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Aerial operations
Air warfare.
Military operations, Aerial.
Political stability.
Politics and government.
Politics and war.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969
Vietnam (Republic) -- History -- Coup d'├ętat, 1963
United States.
Vietnam (Republic)
Form Electronic book
Author Air University (U.S.). School of Advanced Airpower Studies
Other Titles Role of airpower