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The European Armed Forces in Transition

A Comparative Analysis

Franz Kernic, Paul Klein and Karl W. Haltiner

This book focuses on the current reform processes of the armed forces and the recent development of civil-military relations in Europe. Major trends in the development of modern military organizations are examined in detail. The spectrum of the analysis ranges from the abolition of the draft in most European countries to aspects of the organizational design of today’s military organizations, the multicultural and multinational framework of future military missions, and the so-called process of «feminization» of military units. The analysis is based on a number of case studies (e.g., Belgium, France, Germany, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands, etc.) and is primarily descriptive and comparative.
Contents: Karl Haltiner/Paul Klein: The European Post-Cold War Military Reforms and Their Impact on Civil-Military Relations – Philippe Manigart: The European Armed Forces in Transition: The Case of Belgium – René Moelker: Restructuring and Resilience: Cadets’ Opinions on their Future Profession in a Perpetually Changing Organization: The Dutch Organization – Pascal Vennesson: Explaining Social Change in the French Military: Goffman, Huntington, Janowitz, Moskos, or none of the above? – Carlos Navajas Zubeldia: The Spanish Defense Policy in Regression – Ljubica Jelušič: Military Reforms in Slovenia – Paul Klein: The Reform of the Bundeswehr – Sven Bernhard Gareis/Ulrich vom Hagen: The Difficult Practice of Military Multinationality: The Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin.