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Rethinking Military Politics

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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 be ...more
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Published March 21st 1988 by Princeton University Press (first published March 1st 1988)
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Karina Rodrigues
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The distinction the author makes between political society, civil society and the state is remarkable. Most of recent political science studies focus only in the elected rulers, forgetting the enhancement of democratic participation and the empowerment of the organized civil society.
His definition of civilian control over the military is based on two main elements: military prerogatives and military constestation. Since the book was published in 1988, many of those prerogatives have changed. We
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Margaret Sankey
This is a classic civ-mil study of Brazil, laying out the intersection of military society, civil society and political society in the Brazilian armed force's interventions into the Brazilian state, with comparative work in other Latin American states, including the situation of "extrication coup" in which the military, having seized power, decides that it is detrimental to the state and itself to continue, and figures out a way to get out of power.
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