State Security Forces Dataset
The State Security Forces Data Set includes information on the command, composition, deployment, and strength of over 250 security forces in 65 randomly selected developing states, 1960-2010. It was collected to test arguments about the effectiveness of "counterbalancing" the military with militarized police, national guards, militias, or other independent security forces as a coup-prevention strategy, but may also be of use in studies of civil war, military effectiveness, repression, and state-building.
Thus far, I have drawn upon over 1,200 primary and secondary sources to conduct an initial wave of data collection in 65 states. The sources include academic works on military institutions and civil-military relations in each state, historical news sources, annual defense publications, government websites, and reports from non-governmental organizations. For an introduction to the dataset, see "Preventing Coups d’état: How Counterbalancing Works." A selected bibliography can be found here.
A second round of data collection is currently underway with the support of a Peace Research Grant from the International Peace Research Association Foundation. For more information, please email me at email@example.com.