Civil-Military relations in post-communist countries

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Authors
Hitrov, Todor Stoyanov
Subjects
Bulgaria
Hungary
Civil-military relations
Democratic control of armed forces
Advisors
Clunan, Anne
Date of Issue
2004-03
Date
March 2004
Publisher
Monterey California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
Since 1989 the countries of Central and Eastern Europe have undergone an unprecedented transition from communism to democracy. Establishment of democratic control of armed forces is an inseparable part of the process of consolidation of democracy. The purpose of this thesis is to define those factors that influence democratization of civil-military relations in post-communist countries in the process of transition to democracy. My argument is that countries develop democratic control of armed forces in different ways and with different time boundaries, until the end state is achieved. The democratization of civil-military relations depends on capability of the country in transition to effectively establish (by which I mean to build and put into effect) institutions for democratic control of the military. In evaluating development of the democratization of civil-military relations the post-communist countries of Hungary and Bulgaria are studied in detail with particular attention to the process of establishment, development, and interrelation of institutional arrangements. In this aspect historical legacy, international context and path of transition can help or obstruct the process of development of institutions for democratic control of armed forces.
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Thesis
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Department of National Security Affairs
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.).
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xii, 111 p. : col. maps
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