David Kühn's working paper on civilian control of the military in South Korea is online

The working paper "Institutionalising Civilian Control of the Military in New Democracies: Theory and Evidence from South Korea" has been published by the GIGA.

Dr. David Kühn from Heidelberg University stayed at the GIGA as an IDCAR guest researcher in the spring of 2015. His latest work has now been published in the GIGA Working Paper Series. The full paper can be downloaded here, the abstract of the working paper follows.

Institutionalising Civilian Control of the Military in New Democracies: Theory and Evidence from South Korea (David Kuehn)

How and under what circumstances can civilian control be established in newly democratised nations? Former GIGA visiting fellow Dr David Kuehn proposes a new theoretical argument that conceives of the process of institutionalising civilian control in new democracies as a series of power struggles between the democratically elected civilians and the military leadership. The outcome of these power struggles depends on the respective bargaining power of civilians and the military, which is in turn a function of (1) the willingness of civilians to challenge the military’s institutional prerogatives and the military’s willingness to defend them and (2) each party’s ability to bear the costs of a civil–military conflict. To illustrate and assess the argument, the author derives a number of propositions about the expected development of civil–military relations after the transition to democracy and the possible outcomes of civil-military power struggles, subsequently testing them via an in-depth case study of civil–military relations in post-transition South Korea.

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