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Peter Feaver's excellent new book, Armed Servants, sheds much-needed light on civil-military relations in the U.S.; indeed, it may come to supplant Samuel Huntington's classic 1957 study of American civil-military relations, The Soldier and the State. Armed Servants should be read not only by academic specialists in national security, but also by military professionals—it will change the way they think about these issues.
— Mackubin Thomas Owens
Feaver has written one of the best books on civil-military relations in several years...Armed Servants was largely completed before September 11th and published before the second Gulf War, but its implications for both are clear. Agency theory must now be accounted for in civil-military relations, thanks to Feaver.
— C. E. Welch
The current paradigm of the study of civil-military relations is dominated by some well written and carefully considered works that date from the Cold War...It is interesting to see a new challenge to that paradigm. Feaver has been a rather prolific author, with a number of books and articles on civil-military relations as well as American foreign and defense policies. Armed Servants genesis spans his academic career, and it represents a very well synthesized compilation of his earlier works...Feaver has presented a strong challenge to the existing paradigm. He provides a comprehensive review of the dominant civil-military relations theories as well as a well argued counterpoint to those theories.
— Major James R. McKay
|2||Huntington's Cold War Puzzle||16|
|3||The Informal Agency Theory||54|
|4||A Formal Agency Model of Civil-Military Relations||96|
|5||An Agency Theory Solution to the Cold War Puzzle||118|
|6||Explaining the Post-Cold War "Crisis," 1990-2000||180|
|7||Using Agency Theory to Explore the Use of Force in the Post-Cold War Era||234|