The Military Transition: Democratic Reform of the Armed Forces

The Military Transition: Democratic Reform of the Armed Forces

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Civilian control of the armed forces is crucial for any country hoping to achieve a successful democratic transition. In this remarkable book, Narcís Serra, Spanish Minister of Defence between 1982 and 1991, explains the steps necessary to reduce the powers of armed forces during the process of a democratic transition. Spain's military reform proved a fundamental and necessary element for the consolidation of Spanish democracy and is often viewed as a paradigm case for the transition to democracy. Drawing on this example, Serra outlines a simple model of the process and conditions necessary to any democratic military reform. He argues that progress in military transition must include legal and industrial reforms, changes to the military career structure and doctrine, and control of conflict levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521133449
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/11/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Narcís Serra is currently President of the CIDOB Foundation and the 'Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals' (IBEI). He is a former Mayor of Barcelona, Spanish Minister of Defence and Vice President of the Spanish Government.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables vi

Introduction 1

1 The study of the transition to democracy 7

2 Democratic transition and the armed forces: military autonomy 23

3 What is military reform? 39

4 The component parts of military reform 66

5 Transition and military reform in Spain 90

6 Consolidation and military reform in Spain 148

7 Controlling the armed forces in the stage of democratic, persistence: the debate in the United States over the last ten years 202

8 Conclusions 238

Bibliography 248

Index 259

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