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Conceptualizing the civil-military gap: a research note

Rahbek-Clemmensen, Jon, Archer, Emerald, Barr, John, Belkin, Aaron, Guerrero, Mario, Hall, Cameron and Swain, Katie E. O. (2012) Conceptualizing the civil-military gap: a research note. Armed Forces and Society, 38 (4). pp. 669-678. ISSN 0095-327X

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Abstract

The authors suggest that scholars mean very different things when they refer to the civil-military gap. To illustrate the point, the authors conceptualize the gap in terms of four distinct ideal types and show that scholars have referred to each variant as the civil-military gap at different times. Though the authors recognize that the four ideal types-cultural, demographic, policy preference, and institutional-are not always mutually exclusive, the authors suggest that they are divergent enough to warrant consideration as distinct variants and that their specification can enhance the civil-military relations literature by helping scholars identify and untangle the causes and effects of the gap.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://afs.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 10:52
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/46758/

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