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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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Identification Number: 10.1177/0095327X12456509


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.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 10:52
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2024 05:33

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