Governing the military

The armed forces under democracy in Chile

Carlos Solar
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Governing the military combines the study of governance, democratisation, and policymaking to explore how military politics have unfolded since the return to democracy in Chile. The book presents a story of detailed passages that make up a large part of Chile’s democratic path. It offers new empirical analysis to major areas of research in the study of the state, addressing the changing roles and missions of the military evidenced in the post-Cold War era and unpacking the fundamental challenges to democratic governance, most importantly, control and oversight of the defence sector. The contributors to the volume offer insightful and new analysis to pressing military issues, among them: mission and role effectiveness, defence spending, inter-agency coordination, international engagements such as military alliances and peacekeeping operations, and anti-corruption measures. The book also introduces the reader to failed policies, lack of attention to governance, and decaying democratic practices in the region. It provides comparative perspective to Chile’s cumulative policies (i.e., constitutional, presidential, and ministerial orders for military governance) and the current and future outcomes these have had in the armed forces, including resistance to changing corporate privileges. The analysis is complemented by discussing the themes of the militarisation of public security, and the ongoing policy, governance, and democratic challenges when using the military’s capacity to crush protests, and their role in the coronavirus pandemic.

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