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Crafting Civilian Control of the Military in Venezuela: A Comparative Perspective

Harold A. Trinkunas


Unlike most other emerging South American democracies, Venezuela has not succumbed to a successful military coup d'etat during four decades of democratic rule. What drives armed forces to follow the orders of elected leaders? And how do emerging democracies gain that control over their military establishments? The author of this book answers these questions in an examination of Venezuela's transition to democracy following military rule and its attempts to institutionalize civilian control of the military over the past sixty years, a period that included three regime changes. He focuses first ... More

Keywords: South American democracies, Venezuela, democratic rule, emerging democracies, military establishments, military rule, democracy, regime changes, civilian authority, armed forces

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780807829820
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807877036_trinkunas


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold A. Trinkunas, author