By Peter D. Feaver
How do civilians keep an eye on the army? within the wake of September eleven, the renewed presence of nationwide defense in daily life has made this query all of the extra urgent. during this e-book, Peter Feaver proposes an bold new conception that treats civil-military kinfolk as a principal-agent dating, with the civilian government tracking the activities of army brokers, the "armed servants" of the geographical region. army obedience isn't computerized yet is determined by strategic calculations of even if civilians will trap and punish misbehavior.
This version demanding situations Samuel Huntington's professionalism-based version of civil-military kinfolk, and offers an leading edge method of constructing experience of the U.S. chilly struggle and post-Cold conflict experience--especially the distinctively stormy civil-military kinfolk of the Clinton period. within the decade after the chilly struggle ended, civilians and the army had various run-ins over even if and the way to exploit army strength. those episodes, as interpreted by way of business enterprise idea, contradict the traditional knowledge that civil-military relatives subject provided that there's chance of a coup. to the contrary, army professionalism doesn't on its own make certain unchallenged civilian authority. As Feaver argues, supplier idea deals the easiest starting place for pondering family among army and civilian leaders, now and within the future.
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