chapter  8
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Military regimes

A man can build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it. (Boris Yeltsin, Russian President, 1991-9)

In this chapter

The discussion of civil-military relations begun in the previous chapter

continues. The chapter uses a structural-functional approach to explain

why the armed forces has a difficult time consolidating long-term rule

relying on armed forces’ institutions and norms alone. Then, the chapter

proceeds with a neo-institutional overview of two types of

military-dominated regimes. The first, the party-military model, is based

on an alliance of near equals: a revolutionary party and the armed forces.