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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes: civilian control over the military

Besley, Timothy and Robinson, James A. (2010) Quis custodiet ipsos custodes: civilian control over the military. Journal of the European Economic Association, 8 (2-3). pp. 655-663. ISSN 1542-4766

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1542-4774.2010.tb00535.x


The question of who guards the guards is intimately connected with broader questions of state capacity and the establishment of a monopoly of violence in society, something which is often viewed as the defining feature of the modern state. But to establish such a monopoly, civilian rulers need not only to build an effective military, but also to control it. In this paper we study how governments may solve this problem when they recognize that their decisions to build a strong army may have ramifications for subsequent coups.

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Additional Information: © 2010 European Economic Association
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H1 - Structure and Scope of Government > H11 - Structure, Scope, and Performance of Government
H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H56 - National Security and War
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 14:49
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 21:30

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