The endurance of conscription

Kerry Longhurst

in Germany and the Use of Force

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780719067082
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700570 | DOI:
The endurance of conscription

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This chapter studies the practice of conscription, which is a different aspect of security policy that is characterised by non-change. It demonstrates the power of strategic culture to prevent policy change and studies the continuation of compulsory military service in Germany. It also presents evidence on the obvious mis-match between the arguments that support conscription and the changed strategic environment in Germany. This chapter reveals that conscription is considered as an important factor in maintaining aspects of the previous security policy of the Federal Republic.

Keywords: conscription; security policy; non-change; policy change; compulsory military service; strategic environment; Federal Republic

Chapter.  7021 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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