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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2006

GOV 390L • Military in Politics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38210 W
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
BUR 232

Course Description

Graduate Standing Required This course is designed to familiarize graduate students with the military's role in modern state and society. The focus is on the sociopolitical character of the armed forces. We will examine the most important issues of civil-military relations, such as why is civilian control important, what types of control arrangements are conducive to healthy civil-military relations in various types of political regimes, and in what ways do military elites respond to state policies and social movements. The class begins with eight weeks of intensive readings in order to get you grounded in the literature and help you learn to appreciate the diversity of civil-military relations in different political systems. Students will write brief (one single-spaced page) discussion proposals to facilitate debate about the readings. We will conclude with student presentations (approximately 30-minute summations of your research).

Grading Policy

8 discussion proposals (2.5% each) : 20 Seminar participation (including presentation of the research paper) : 20 Research paper (minimum 25 pages): 60


Desh, Michael C. Civilian Control of the Military: The Changing Security Environment (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001) Feaver, Peter D. Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil- Military Relations (Harvard University Press, 2003) Haggani, Husain. Pakistan: Between mosque and Military (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005) Pion-Berlin, David, ed. Civil-Military Relations in Latin America (University of North Carolina Press, 2001). Singer, P.W. Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (Cornell University Press, 2003) Taylor, Brian. Politics and the Russian Army (Cambridge University Press, 2003) van Creveld, Martin. The Sword and the Olive: A Critical History of the Isreali Army (Public Affairs [Harper-Collins], 2002) Additional Readings


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