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Civil-Military Relations in Europe : Learning from Crisis and Institutional Change - Dr. Hans Born

Civil-Military Relations in Europe

Learning from Crisis and Institutional Change

By: Dr. Hans Born (Editor), Ms Marina Caparini (Editor), Karl Haltiner (Editor), Jurgen Kuhlmann (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2006
ISBN: 9780415385404
Number Of Pages: 278

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Democracy is unlikely to develop or to endure unless military and other security forces are controlled by democratic institutions and necessary safeguards, checks and balances are in place.
The result of a 2-year research project managed under the auspices of the European Group on Armed Forces and Society (ERGOMAS) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), this comparative study examines how contemporary European states, both mature Western democracies and emerging democracies of post-communist Europe, manage the issue of how best to control the very institution that has been established for their protection and wields the monopoly of legitimate force.
This volume contains 28 case studies from 14 countries: the Czech Republic, Germany, Georgia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, Switzerland, and the Ukraine. The studies cover a variety of situation from corruption to military incompetence, disobedience towards civilian superiors, lack of expertise among civilians, to unauthorized strikes and accidents. They focus on the relationship between political, civilian and military actors while identifying problems and dangers that can emerge in those relations to the detriment of effective and legitimate democratic control.
This book will be of much interest to students of Civil-Military Relations, military sociology, IR and strategic studies.

List of figures and tablesp. x
Contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xvi
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Civilians and the military in Europep. 3
Transition statesp. 19
Stressed and strained civil-military relations in Romania, but successfully reformingp. 21
Differentia specifica: military reform in the former Federal Republic of Yugoslaviap. 35
The impact of conflict and corruption on Macedonia's civil-military relationsp. 48
Political irresponsibility and lack of transparency in Ukrainian defence reformp. 62
Striving for effective parliamentary control over the armed forces in Georgiap. 79
Consolidating democraciesp. 95
Problems confronting civilian democratic control in Polandp. 97
Civil-military relations in Hungary: from competition to co-operationp. 114
Executive decisions and divisions: disputing competences in civil-military relations in Sloveniap. 130
Modernisation of the Czech armed forces: no walk through a rose gardenp. 147
A battle for civil supremacy over the military in Israelp. 163
Established democraciesp. 175
The military voice in France: on the streets and in the newspapersp. 177
Democratic control of the Swiss militia in times of war and peace: ideal and realityp. 191
International prestige and domestic democratic values in civil-military conflicts: two Irish case studiesp. 202
His master's voice? Freedom of speech and the German Citizen in Uniformp. 217
Conclusionsp. 233
Patterns of democratic governance of civil-military relationsp. 235
Bibliographyp. 256
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780415385404
ISBN-10: 0415385407
Series: Cass Military Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 1st April 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.1  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1