Towards Civilian Supremacy: Civil-Military Relations in Taiwan's Democratization

  title={Towards Civilian Supremacy: Civil-Military Relations in Taiwan's Democratization},
  author={M. Taylor Fravel},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={57 - 84}
  • M. T. Fravel
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Political Science
  • Armed Forces & Society
While Taiwan has rapidly democratized, civil-military relations have never been viewed as an independent variable that explains this success. Adopting Aguero's notion of civilian supremacy over the military, this article examines Taiwan's progress in the arenas of political neutrality, democratic control, and social impartiality of the armed forces. As the article demonstrates, Taiwan has made considerable progress toward achieving civilian supremacy since 1987. Active military officers no… 
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