Coup and Conscience: Approaching an American Threshold.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study examines conditions which are influencing the American military to approach a behavioral threshold in civil-military relations. This threshold is a point of departure from traditional subordinated behavior. At the threshold a divergence is forecast toward either 1 direct intervention into government coup detat, or 2 institutional autonomy within government substantive behavior. The central issue is an unresolved relationship between temporary partisan civilian regimes and enduring military professionalism. Research is focused on the influences of a professional heritage and on contemporary environmental stress upon military behavior in American civil-military relations. Research reveals that perceptions of regime legitimacy significantly affect the liklihood of crossing the American threshold. Key variables in the contemporary environment are found to be 1 a definition of professionalism weighted with national vs. regime loyalty, and 2 a perception by the military of an accelerating external threat to national survival which is not perceived by the society it serves. Author
- Government and Political Science