Conscription and Democracy: The Mythology of Civil— Military Relations

  title={Conscription and Democracy: The Mythology of Civil— Military Relations},
  author={Stephan Pfaffenzeller},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={481 - 504}
The assumption of a mutually conditional relationship between democracy and conscription is a persistent aspect of the debate on civil—military relations. This article discusses the relationship between conscription and democracy, in a general sense and with reference to the German case. Following a review of conventional motives for conscription, it proceeds to discuss the relationship between conscription and democracy in terms of empirical coincidence and as a means of subjective military… 
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