Democratization and Civilian Control in Asia

Hardcover | February 15, 2013

byAurel Croissant, David Kuehn, Philip Lorenz

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Civilian control of the military is intricately linked to democratic rule. The authors analyze civil-military relations in new democracies of East, Southeast and South Asian nations, beginning by proposing a new conceptual and theoretical framework to identify the status of civilian control in newly established democracies and to explain changes over time. Based on this framework, they then trace the interrelated development of civil-military relations and democratic institutions in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. By comparing the insights gained from the case studies, they then identify patterns and differences in the relationship between civilian control over the military and democratic quality and consolidation. While establishing civilian control of the military is a necessary condition for a functioning democracy, it requires prudent strategic action on the part of the civilian decision-makers to remove the military from positions of power and make it follow their orders.

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Civilian control of the military is intricately linked to democratic rule. The authors analyze civil-military relations in new democracies of East, Southeast and South Asian nations, beginning by proposing a new conceptual and theoretical framework to identify the status of civilian control in newly established democracies and to expla...

AUREL CROISSANT teaches Political Science at Heidelberg University, Germany. His research interests include comparative politics, especially in East and Southeast Asia, theoretical and empirical research on democratization, civil-military relationships, terrorism and political violence, political parties, and the comparative study of ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:February 15, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230285333

ISBN - 13:9780230285330

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Table of Contents

PART I
Conceptualizing Civilian Control oft he Military
Explaining Civilian Control of the Military in New Democracies
PART II
South Korea. Purges and Presidential Prerogatives
Taiwan. From Martial Law to Civilian Control
Indonesia. The Democratization of Personal Control
Bangladesh. From Militarized Politics to Politicized Military
The Philippines. Civil-Military Symbiosis under the Veneer of Civilian Rule
Thailand. Civilian Control Deterred
Pakistan. Military-Guided Transitions to Elected Government and the Failure of Civilian Control
PART III
Conclusion. Contours, Causes, and Consequences of Civilian Control

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'This is an excellent book about democratic governance of the military in Asia, written by authors with a solid academic reputation on the issue of civil-military relations. The book gives interesting concepts, insights and entry points for security sector reform and its relation with democratic consolidation in the region. Governmental readers should be sobered, and non-governmental ones energised, by this timely book.' - Hans Born, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Switzerland