Politicians at Arms: Civilian Recruitment of Soldiers for Middle East Coups

  title={Politicians at Arms: Civilian Recruitment of Soldiers for Middle East Coups},
  author={Drew Holland Kinney},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={681 - 701}
  • D. Kinney
  • Published 12 June 2018
  • Political Science
  • Armed Forces & Society
Why would politicians recruit soldiers for military coups d’état? The civil–military relations literature assumes politicians aspire to supremacy over the military; enabling praetorianism would risk their future rule. While civil–military relations widely recognizes the empirical fact of civilian participation in military takeovers, no study specifies or theorizes the topic. This essay examines the conditions in which politicians recruit soldiers to seize power by investigating the understudied… 

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