Civil-Military Relations

Civil-military relations is the term used to describe the relationship between civil society and the military. Most often, the term refers to the relationship between civilian leaders of the state and the leaders of the military organizations created to defend it. In the broadest sense, however, civil-military relations include political, economic, and cultural relationships between civil society and the military at all levels. Military recruitment, civilian attitudes toward the military, and the economic effects of military procurement policies are examples of the wide range of relationships encompassed by the term.

Major Issues in Civil-Military Relations

A central concern in the study of civil-military relations is how civilian leaders establish and maintain authority over the military when the military possesses the coercive power to take control ...

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