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The Military Transition: Democratic Reform of the Armed Forces
     

The Military Transition: Democratic Reform of the Armed Forces

by Narcis Serra, Peter Bush
 

ISBN-10: 0521116678

ISBN-13: 9780521116671

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Civilian control of the armed forces is crucial for any country hoping to achieve a successful democratic transition. In this remarkable book, Narcís Serra, Spanish Minister of Defence between 1982 and 1991, explains the steps necessary to reduce the powers of armed forces during the process of a democratic transition. Spain's military reform proved a

Overview

Civilian control of the armed forces is crucial for any country hoping to achieve a successful democratic transition. In this remarkable book, Narcís Serra, Spanish Minister of Defence between 1982 and 1991, explains the steps necessary to reduce the powers of armed forces during the process of a democratic transition. Spain's military reform proved a fundamental and necessary element for the consolidation of Spanish democracy and is often viewed as a paradigm case for the transition to democracy. Drawing on this example, Serra outlines a simple model of the process and conditions necessary to any democratic military reform. He argues that progress in military transition must include legal and institutional reforms, changes to the military career structure and doctrine, and control of conflict levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521116671
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The study of the transition to democracy; 2. Democratic transition and the armed forces: military autonomy; 3. What is military reform?; 4. The component parts of military reform; 5. Transition and military reform in Spain; 6. Consolidation and military reform in Spain; 7. Controlling the armed forces in the stage of democratic persistence: the debate in the United States over the last ten years; 8. Conclusions.

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