By Peter D. Feaver
How do civilians regulate the army? within the wake of September eleven, the renewed presence of nationwide safety in lifestyle has made this query all of the extra urgent. during this booklet, Peter Feaver proposes an bold new conception that treats civil-military family members as a principal-agent dating, with the civilian government tracking the activities of army brokers, the "armed servants" of the geographical region. army obedience isn't really computerized yet relies on strategic calculations of no matter if civilians will trap and punish misbehavior.
This version demanding situations Samuel Huntington's professionalism-based version of civil-military relatives, and offers an leading edge approach of constructing experience of the U.S. chilly struggle and post-Cold struggle experience--especially the distinctively stormy civil-military family of the Clinton period. within the decade after the chilly struggle ended, civilians and the army had a number of run-ins over no matter if and the way to exploit army strength. those episodes, as interpreted by means of supplier thought, contradict the normal knowledge that civil-military family subject provided that there's chance of a coup. to the contrary, army professionalism doesn't on its own be sure unchallenged civilian authority. As Feaver argues, business enterprise thought deals the easiest beginning for brooding about kinfolk among army and civilian leaders, now and within the future.
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