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The military in South American politics /
George Philip.
London ; Dover, N.H. : Croom Helm, c1985.
394 p.
0709920822 (U.S.) :
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London ; Dover, N.H. : Croom Helm, c1985.
0709920822 (U.S.) :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 372-389.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-04:
The military in Latin American politics has been a matter of scholarly interest since the 1960s. In this significant contribution to the literature, Philip (professor at the London School of Economics and the Institute of Latin American Studies) seeks to explain why, in spite of the instability and social conflict in the area, revolutionary change has been so rare. The author argues that the requirements of professionalization lead the military to act out of their corporate interests, and, because their institutional interests lie in maintaining the system, their actions have a concomitant system-maintaining role. The different types of military governments and the dissimilar policies followed by them are explained as necessary consequences of their institution and system-maintaining roles in societies facing particular socioeconomic problems. Using a comparative approach, the author gives concise, objective summaries of developments in the countries to document his well-reasoned arguments. Perceptive critiques of other major theories relating to the behavior of the military in Latin America are also presented. Bibliography and index are included. Highly recommended for academic libraries serving upper-division and graduate libraries.-R.L. Delorme, California State University, Long Beach
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