The relationship of a country’s military to its state and society reflects the country’s tradition, culture, history, and the institutional design that undergirds its political system. For countries undergoing a transition to democracy, the nature of civil-military relations can indicate the extent to which new democratic institutions have become consolidated. At the same time, the values of society shape the esprit de corps of the armed forces in transitional polities, and, to a large extent, those values will determine the kind of professional military that will emerge from the transition period.
KeywordsDomestic Politics Polish Case General Staff Polish Party Civilian Control
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