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April 1985

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Journal of Political and Military Sociology

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Comparative Politics | International Relations | Political Science


This article analyzes the reasons why praetorianism in Greece has not been followed by more of the same, as appears to be the case in most states that have experienced military rule. After a careful examination of the available data, it was concluded that having learned their lesson, both the civilian and military elites have played a role in keeping the armed forces away from the levers of political authority, the civilians by following carrot and stick policies designed not to encroach on the military's corporate interests, and the armed forces by accepting the view that they can best protect their corporate interests by staying in the barracks. The continuing disputes with Turkey have also helped in that they have reinforced the positions taken by the civilian and military leaderships.


©1985 Transaction Publishers.

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