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Crafting Civilian Control of the Military in VenezuelaA Comparative Perspective$
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Harold A. Trinkunas

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829820

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877036_trinkunas

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Democracy and Civilian Control of the Armed Forces: Venezuela in Comparative Perspective

Democracy and Civilian Control of the Armed Forces: Venezuela in Comparative Perspective

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Democracy and Civilian Control of the Armed Forces: Venezuela in Comparative Perspective
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Crafting Civilian Control of the Military in Venezuela
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Harold A. Trinkunas

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877036_trinkunas.5

When Venezuelans learned how to institutionalize civilian control, democracy prospered and consolidated during the 1960s and 1970s. Civilian control is consolidated when elected officials are able to shift the balance of power away from the military in favor of government authority. This chapter examines the process by which civilians achieve control of the armed forces and the process by which this control can be dismantled. It illustrates the paths and outcomes in civil-military relations following a transition to democracy and examines the long-term impact of institutionalized civilian control on democratic consolidation.

Keywords:   civilian control, democracy, military, armed forces, civil-military relations, democratic consolidation

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