Rethinking Military Politics: Brazil and the Southern Cone / Edition 1

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Overview

The last four years have seen a remarkable resurgence of democracy in the Southern Cone of the Americas. Military regimes have been replaced in Argentina (1983), Uruguay (1985), and Brazil (1985). Despite great interest in these new democracies, the role of the military in the process of transition has been under-theorized and under-researched. Alfred Stepan, one of the best-known analysts of the military in politics, examines some of the reasons for this neglect and takes a new look at themes raised in his earlier work on the state, the breakdown of democracy, and the military. The reader of this book will gain a fresh understanding of new democracies and democratic movements throughout the world and their attempts to understand and control the military. An earlier version of this book has been a controversial best seller in Brazil.

To examine the Brazilian case, the author uses a variety of new archival material and interviews, with comparative data from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Spain. Brazilian military leaders had consolidated their hold on governmental power by strengthening the military-crafted intelligence services, but they eventually found these same intelligence systems to be a formidable threat. Professor Stepan explains how redemocratization occurred as the military reached into the civil sector for allies in its struggle against the growing influence of the intelligence community. He also explores dissension within the military and the continuing conflicts between the military and the civilian government.

Shows how the transition from a military government has taken place in Brazil.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs
Alfred Stepan ... now presents what is likely to become a classic work of regime translation and the obstacles facing civilian rule in the Southern Cone. To do justice to the complexity and wealth of data and analysis presented in Rethinking Military Politicswould require more space than is available for this brief review.
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"Alfred Stepan ... now presents what is likely to become a classic work of regime translation and the obstacles facing civilian rule in the Southern Cone. To do justice to the complexity and wealth of data and analysis presented in Rethinking Military Politicswould require more space than is available for this brief review."Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs
Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs
Alfred Stepan ... now presents what is likely to become a classic work of regime translation and the obstacles facing civilian rule in the Southern Cone. To do justice to the complexity and wealth of data and analysis presented in Rethinking Military Politicswould require more space than is available for this brief review.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691022741
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1988
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.01 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Lists of Tables and Figures vii
Preface ix
Chapter 1. Military Politics in Three Polity Arenas: Civil Society, Political Society, and the State 3
Chapter 2. The Brazilian Intelligence System in Comparative Perspective 13
Chapter 3. Abertura: Intra-State Conflicts and the Courtship of Civil Society 30
Chapter 4. Military Discourse and Abertura 45
Chapter 5. The End of the Regime: Political Society and the Military 55
Chapter 6. The Military in Newly Democratic Regimes: The Dimension of Military Contestation 68
Chapter 7. The Military in Newly Democratic Regimes: The Dimension of Military Prerogatives 93
Chapter 8. Democratic Empowerment and the Military: The Tasks of Civil Society, Political Society, and the State 128
Bibliography 147
Index 161
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