Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military by Peter D. Feaver

By Peter D. Feaver

How do civilians keep watch over the army? within the wake of September eleven, the renewed presence of nationwide safeguard in lifestyle has made this question the entire extra urgent. during this e-book, Peter Feaver proposes an bold new idea that treats civil-military relatives as a principal-agent courting, with the civilian government tracking the activities of army brokers, the "armed servants" of the geographical region. army obedience isn't automated yet will depend on strategic calculations of even if civilians will seize and punish misbehavior.

This version demanding situations Samuel Huntington's professionalism-based version of civil-military kin, and gives an leading edge means of creating experience of the U.S. chilly battle and post-Cold struggle experience--especially the distinctively stormy civil-military kinfolk of the Clinton period. within the decade after the chilly warfare ended, civilians and the army had numerous run-ins over no matter if and the way to take advantage of army strength. those episodes, as interpreted through business enterprise idea, contradict the normal knowledge that civil-military kinfolk topic provided that there's chance of a coup. to the contrary, army professionalism doesn't on its own be certain unchallenged civilian authority. As Feaver argues, organisation idea bargains the simplest starting place for pondering family among army and civilian leaders, now and within the future.

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