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

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 way of life has made this question the entire extra urgent. during this booklet, Peter Feaver proposes an bold new thought that treats civil-military kinfolk as a principal-agent courting, with the civilian government tracking the activities of army brokers, the "armed servants" of the countryside. army obedience isn't really automated yet depends upon strategic calculations of even if civilians will seize and punish misbehavior.

This version demanding situations Samuel Huntington's professionalism-based version of civil-military kinfolk, and gives an leading edge manner of constructing feel of the U.S. chilly struggle and post-Cold warfare experience--especially the distinctively stormy civil-military kinfolk of the Clinton period. within the decade after the chilly conflict ended, civilians and the army had various run-ins over no matter if and the way to exploit army strength. those episodes, as interpreted by way of organisation thought, contradict the traditional knowledge that civil-military family subject provided that there's danger of a coup. to the contrary, army professionalism doesn't on its own ascertain unchallenged civilian authority. As Feaver argues, employer thought deals the simplest starting place for wondering family members among army and civilian leaders, now and within the future.

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