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The Soldier and the Changing State: Building Democratic Armies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas

Zoltan Barany


This is the first book to systematically explore, on a global scale, civil–military relations in democratizing and changing states. Looking at how armies supportive of democracy are built, the book argues that the military is the most important institution that states maintain, for without military elites who support democratic governance, democracy cannot be consolidated. The book also demonstrates that building democratic armies is the quintessential task of newly democratizing regimes. But how do democratic armies come about? What conditions encourage or impede democratic civil–military rel ... More

Keywords: civil–military relations, democracy, democratic governance, democratic army, democratizing regimes, state-builders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691137681
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691137681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zoltan Barany, author
University of Texas