First published in 1985, The Political Dilemmas of Military Regimes was written against the backdrop of the increased prominence of military intervention in the political process during this century.
The book puts forward the argument that the basic problem for military regimes is not how they gain power, but what they can do with it once they have it. It discusses the enormous range of cultural and historical circumstances that military organisations are derived from, and how widely they vary in their structure, politics, and social composition. The book also highlights the dilemma of choosing between institutionalisation and demilitarisation as one that all military regimes must eventually face.
The Political Dilemmas of Military Regimes is an in-depth study that draws on global material and experiences from throughout the century.
Table of Contents
1: The Political Dilemmas of Military Regimes, Christopher Clapham and George Philip; 2: Greece: Veto and Impasse, 1967-74, Thanos Veremis; 3: Turkey: The Army as Guardian of the Political Order, Bener Karakartal; 4: The Politics of the Post-Military State in Africa, J. Bayo Adekanye; 5: Indonesia: Slow March into an Uncertain Future, Ulf Sundhaussen and Barry R. Green; 6: Military Rule in South America: The Dilemmas of Authoritarianism, George Philip; 7: Argentina: The Authoritarian Impasse, Guillermo Makin; 8: Central America: Collapse of the Military System, James Dunkerley; 9: Riding the Tiger: Institutionalising the Military Regimes in Pakistan and Bangladesh, Gowher Rizvi; 10: Sudan: The Retreat to Military Clientelism, Peter Woodward; 11: Ethiopia: The Institutionalisation of a Marxist Military Regime, Christopher Clapham; Index
Christopher Clapham and George Philip