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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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Revolutionizing Civil-Military Relations?: Hugo Chávez and the Fifth Republic in Venezuela, 1998–2004

Revolutionizing Civil-Military Relations?: Hugo Chávez and the Fifth Republic in Venezuela, 1998–2004

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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.10

This chapter examines the militarization of the Venezuelan state during the administration of President Hugo Chávez. It explores the link between the role of the military in Venezuelan politics, the deinstitutionalization of civilian control of the armed forces, and political destabilization in Venezuela. Hugo Chávez's victory in the presidential election in 1998 and his political agenda brought about major transformations in civil-military relations, such as the military's expanded jurisdiction in state affairs and simultaneous elimination of the underpinnings for civilian control of the armed forces. This transformation has generated enormous political and economic tension within society and resulted in two military rebellions.

Keywords:   militarization, Hugo Chávez, Venezuela, politics, civil-military relations, armed forces, rebellions

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