Civilian control of the armed forces in democratic Latin America: Military prerogatives, contestation, and mission performance in Peru

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Abstract

This article presents a new framework for measuring civilian control of the armed forces in post-transition Latin America. Specifically, it builds on approaches that focus on military privileges and military protest, particularly in the face of government challenges to those privileges. Adding mission performance as a third dimension both helps us measure civilian control more accurately and provides causal leverage, as the three dimensions can interact. The paper demonstrates the utility of the framework through a close-up analysis of a critical case: civil-military relations in Peru since the 1990s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-91
Number of pages22
JournalArmed Forces and Society
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Civil-military relations
  • Latin America
  • Military missions
  • Military shirking
  • Peru

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Safety Research

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