Militarized Decision-Making for War in Pakistan: 1947-1971

  title={Militarized Decision-Making for War in Pakistan: 1947-1971},
  author={Julian Schofield},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={131 - 148}
  • J. Schofield
  • Published 1 October 2000
  • Political Science
  • Armed Forces & Society
In a balanced, constitutionally governed state, military decision-makers are no more likely to recommend war in a dispute than are civilian leaders. However, in military regimes, there is a tendency to import biases that systematically distort the contribution of a state's foreign and interior ministries. Consequently, military governments become overly pessimistic about the scarcity of security and overconfident about the utility of force. Using the case of war decisions in Pakistan from 1947… 

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