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Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion

Jasen J. Castillo


Why do national armed forces differ in their cohesion, or will to fight? Why do some country's militaries fight hard when facing defeat, while others collapse? In this book I present cohesion theory to explain why national militaries differ in their staying power. My argument builds on insights from the existing literature on military effectiveness and collective action. According to the theory, the cohesion of national militaries depends on two variables: the strength of a regime control over its citizens and the strength of military autonomy. When regime control is strong, states instill and ... More

Keywords: cohesion theory, armed forces, military cohesion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804789103
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jasen J. Castillo, author