Civil-Military Relations in Communist Systems: Western Models Revisited

  • Zoltan D. Barany


Civil-military relations in Communist systems are crucial for our understanding of the military’s role and function in such political environments. Examining military establishments in democratic polities, while paying little attention to the existing political structure might well be a fruitful undertaking. The organizational structures and basic functions of Communist armed forces, however, cannot be understood without analyzing their relationships to their respective polities. Although all military establishments have inherently strong ties to their polities, these links are far stronger and more varied in Communist systems.


Armed Force Communist Party Political Officer Military Establishment Communist State 
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  • Zoltan D. Barany
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  1. 1.University of TexasAustinUSA

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