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The Military and Domestic Politics

A Concordance Theory of Civil-Military Relations, 1st Edition

By Rebecca L. Schiff


184 pages

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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.


"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

Table of Contents

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

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General