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The Resource Political institutions and military change : lessons from peripheral wars, Deborah D. Avant

Political institutions and military change : lessons from peripheral wars, Deborah D. Avant

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Political institutions and military change : lessons from peripheral wars
Title
Political institutions and military change
Title remainder
lessons from peripheral wars
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Deborah D. Avant
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Language
eng
Summary
Even powerful states face disaster if their armies do not adapt military doctrine to meet new challenges. Comparing the cases of the United States Army in Vietnam and the British Army during the Boer War and the Malayan Emergency, Deborah D. Avant offers a new account of the conditions that help shape doctrine within military organizations. Drawing on the new institutional economics, Avant assumes that actors at every level will seek to enhance their political power. Military organizations will thus respond to civilian goals when military leaders expect rewards for their responsiveness. Tracing the evolution of civil-military relations in the United States and Britain, Avant concludes that a nation's political structure has a major impact on the structure of military organizations and their formation of military doctrine. Avant finds in particular that structural differences between the British and U.S. governments have resulted in very different biases within the two armies. Unified political institutions in Britain worked to create an army that was sensitive to civilian goals and enabled civilian leaders to intervene to force military change. Conversely, the U.S. political system tended to allow adherence to classic principles of military science within the Army and often impeded effective civilian intervention. These contrasting conditions contributed to the relative ease with which the British Army adapted to new peripheral threats and the reluctance with which the U.S. Army responded to change in Vietnam
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1958-
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Avant, Deborah D.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cornell studies in security affairs
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  • Civil-military relations
  • Military policy
  • National security
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • South African War, 1899-1902
  • Malaya
Label
Political institutions and military change : lessons from peripheral wars, Deborah D. Avant
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 142-156) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The Structure of delegation and military doctrine -- Civil-military relations in the United States and Britain -- Vietnam: why the Army failed to adapt -- The Central Intelligence Agency and the Marines in Vietnam --The Boer War and Malaya: Why the British Army adapted
Control code
30517567
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 161 pages
Isbn
9780801430343
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1624856
Label
Political institutions and military change : lessons from peripheral wars, Deborah D. Avant
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 142-156) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Structure of delegation and military doctrine -- Civil-military relations in the United States and Britain -- Vietnam: why the Army failed to adapt -- The Central Intelligence Agency and the Marines in Vietnam --The Boer War and Malaya: Why the British Army adapted
Control code
30517567
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 161 pages
Isbn
9780801430343
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1624856

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