- The Oxford Handbooks of International Relations
- The Oxford Handbook of International Security
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- The Future of Security Studies
- Security and “Security Studies”: Conceptual Evolution and Historical Transformation
- Expertise and Practice: The Evolving Relationship between the Study and Practice of Security
- Feminist Security and Security Studies
- Critical Security Studies
- Liberal Approaches
- What Is a PARIS Approach to (In)securitization? Political Anthropological Research for International Sociology
- Statistics and International Security
- Methods in Constructivist Approaches
- Methods in Critical Security Studies
- Game Theory and the Future of International Security
- Biology, Evolution, and International Security
- Systemic Theory and the Future of Great Power War and Peace
- Trends in Conflict: What Do We Know and What Can We Know?
- Leaders, Leadership, and International Security
- The Politics of National Security
- Religion and International Security
- The Future of International Security Norms
- The Economics of War and Peace
- The Changing Geography of Global Security
- The Great Debate: The Nuclear-Political Question and World Order
- Public–Private Interactions and Practices of Security
- Nuclear Proliferation: The Risks of Prediction
- The Global South and International Security
- Arms Control
- Nationalism and International Security
- Energy Security: A Twentieth-Century Major Concern Becoming Irrelevant in the Twenty-First Century?
- Humanitarian Intervention
- Environmental Security
- The Crime Scene: What Lessons for International Security?
- Intelligence and International Politics
- Trajectories for Future Cybersecurity Research
- Counter Insurgency
- International Security and Development
- Drone Proliferation in the Twenty-first Century
- Images and International Security
- Maritime Security
- Global Health and Security: Reassessing the Links
- Great Powers
- The UN Security Council
- Regional Security Complexes and Organizations
- International Criminal Accountability and Transnational Advocacy Networks (TAns)
- Civil–Military Relations
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter summarizes the theoretical basis for the study of civil–military relations and then discusses the military as a political actor in the United States, other consolidated democracies, post-communist and other formerly single-party states, and developing states. The maintenance of healthy civil–military relations depends strongly on the government’s overall legitimacy, which can be threatened by changing technology, societal fragmentation, or government weakness and incompetence. The domestic civil–military relationship can affect international security dynamics through its effects on domestic regime stability and ability to reduce ungoverned spaces, foreign policy decision-making, and relative military capability.
Lindsay Cohn is Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College.
Damon Coletta is Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy.
Peter Feaver is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University.
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