1st Edition

The Military and Domestic Politics A Concordance Theory of Civil-Military Relations

By Rebecca L. Schiff Copyright 2009
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    The intervention of the military in national politics and the everyday lives of citizens is a key question in civil-military relations. This book explains how concordance theory can provide a model for predicting such domestic intervention.

    Models dealing with the relationship between the military and society are usually based on Western nations with power and influence, and therefore may not be appropriate for the circumstances of non-Western countries. By contrast, concordance theory considers national contexts where the balance of military involvement in civilian life depends greatly on historical circumstances, institutional nuances, and cultural realities. Using five case studies - India, Pakistan, Israel, Argentina, and Post-Revolutionary America - this book challenges traditional views on the role of the military in society, and offers convincing examples for the continual application of concordance theory. It also explores the evolution of the theory from the field of military studies to one of ‘corporate concordance’.

    This book will be of much interest to advanced students of Civil-Military Relations, military sociology, political science and US politics.

    Acknowledgements  1. Introduction  2. Domestic Military Intervention and Civil–Military Relations  3. Concordance Theory  4. Post-Revolutionary United States (1790–1800)  5. Concordance in India and Discordance in Pakistan  6. Argentina’s Perón Period (1946–55)  7. Israel: Concordance in the "Uncivil" State  8. Concordance and Culture: From the Military–Industrial Complex to Corporate Philanthropy  References


    Rebecca L. Schiff is currently theAssociate Directorof Corporate and Foundation Relations at Harvard Law School. She is also an adjunct professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. She has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago.


    "By creatively applying concordance theory to five unique settings,
    Rebecca Schiff has made an invaluable contribution to
    civil-military studies. This is a most timely reference for social
    scientists, military leaders, and concerned citizens." Charles C. Moskos, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Northwestern University

     "Rebecca Schiff's work on concordance theory brings an important perspective to the study of civil military relations.  Her sophisticated and well written analysis deserves a wide audience of military professionals, academicians, and interested civilians.  It is highly recommended for graduate and advanced undergraduate classes in national security policy and military professionalism." John Allen Williams
    Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Chicago