The authors aim, within the context of current discussions of 'transitions to democracy', to examine the central concerns of the subject. They approach the topic within the framework of a larger interest in the process of regime change and regime maintenance in Asia and the Pacific since it is clear that the military has played a major role both in bringing about changes of regime and in forestalling change.
The principle questions addressed are first, what role has the military played in regime change and maintenance in the countries of Asia and the Pacific, and second, have differences in the degree of military involvement in politics been systematically associated with differences in the performance of the political system, particularly its performance in relation to democratic criteria?
Their sense is that the military is likely to continue to play an important role in the politics of the countries of Asia and the Pacific, notwithstanding tendencies towards democratisation. They propose a shift in focus of research from the military per se, to the activities of soldiers in the complex of military-civil relations.
|Title of host publication||The Militray and Democracy in Asia and the Pacific|
|Editors||R. J. May, Viberto Selochan|
|Place of Publication||Canberra, ACT|
|Publisher||ANU E Press|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
- military regimes
- Papua New Guinea
- regime change and maintenance
- South Korea