Organizing Societies for War: The Process and Consequences of Societal Militarization

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Regan argues that the militarization of a society is a complex political and sociological phenomenon, that can generate a life of its own and that feeds upon itself. Regan combines a statistical and a historical approach with an empirical analysis to serve as the basis for the development of a theory of the power of political symbolism. He examines the extent to which a violent foreign policy and societal militarization are part of a self-amplifying feedback cycle. At a time when permanent and substantial demilitarization are possible, his study reveals the factors that serve to sustain high levels of military mobilization and suggests the keys for defusing them.

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PATRICK M. REGAN is a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He recieved his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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