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Institutionalising civilian control of the military in new democracies : Theory and Evidence from South Korea

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  • Institutionalising civilian control of the military in new democracies
  • Kuehn, David
  • German Institute of Global and Area Studies


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Title Institutionalising civilian control of the military in new democracies
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Theory and Evidence from South Korea

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Author(English)

Kuehn, David

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Hamburg:German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Date 2016-02
Series Title; No German Institute of Global and Area Studies Working Paper / 282
Pages 34
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Political Systems
Government and Law < Political Development
Holding German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Abstract

This paper aims to answer the question of how and under what circumstances civilian con‐ trol can be established in newly democratised nations. To do this, I propose a new theo‐ retical argument that conceives of the process of institutionalising civilian control in new democracies as a series of power struggles between the democratically elected civilians and the military leadership. The outcome of these power struggles depends on the respec‐ tive bargaining power of civilians and the military, which is in turn a function of (1) the willingness of civilians to challenge the military’s institutional prerogatives and the mili‐ tary’s willingness to defend them and (2) each party’s ability to bear the costs of a civil– military conflict. (The rest omitted)