Escape from Huntington's labyrinth

Civil–military relations and comparative politics

Authored by: José A. Olmeda

The Routledge Handbook of Civil–Military Relations

Print publication date:  September  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415782739
eBook ISBN: 9780203105276
Adobe ISBN: 9781136253218


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This chapter contributes to ongoing debates about the direction of research in civil–military relations, through an analysis of the components of the field of study, its key concept of civilian control, and new data on the scope, objectives, and methods of research. It will do so through an analysis of the field's most characteristic journal, Armed Forces & Society. The chapter will show that some problematic methodological practices are widespread and thus pose serious obstacles to the production and accumulation of knowledge in the subfield.

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