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Ledberg, S. (2019). Officeren, staten och samhället: ett professionsperspektiv (1ed.). Lund: Nordic Academic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Officeren, staten och samhället: ett professionsperspektiv
2019 (Swedish)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

En fungerande demokrati förutsätter en god relation mellan militären, staten och samhället. Officerskåren, den militära professionen, förvaltar statens våldsmonopol och ansvarar ytterst för försvaret av viktiga samhällsfunktioner och demokratiska värden – en roll som kräver viss handlingsfrihet, om än begränsad.

I Officeren, staten och samhället undersöker Sofia K. Ledberg hur relationen mellan militären och omvärlden påverkas av en rad pågående samhällsförändringar. Hotbilden i Europa har ändrats och de militära organisationerna ställs nu inför nya typer av utmaningar och uppdrag. Samtidigt präglas dagens samhälle av ökande individualism och heterogenitet vilket hotar att vidga klyftan till den traditionellt sett konservativa och hierarkiska militära byråkratin.

Vilka nya krav ställer dessa förändringar på officerens expertis? Vilken betydelse har kårens representativitet värderingar för förankringen i och gemenskapen med det omkringliggande samhället? Med hjälp av ett professionsperspektiv belyser författaren både förändringar och utmaningar som utvecklingen medför

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2019. p. 241 Edition: 1
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8758 (URN)9789188661715 (ISBN)9789188661722 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Armed ForcesWallenberg Foundations
Available from: 2019-10-08 Created: 2019-10-08 Last updated: 2020-01-17Bibliographically approved
Ledberg, S. (2018). Analysing Chinese Civil-Military Relations: A bottom-Up Approach. China Quarterly, 234, 377-398
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Analysing Chinese Civil-Military Relations: A bottom-Up Approach
2018 (English)In: China Quarterly, ISSN 0305-7410, E-ISSN 1468-2648, Vol. 234, p. 377-398Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines Chinese civil-military relations using a bottom-up analytical approach and hitherto untapped sources, including interviews with military personnel in active service. It argues that traditional approaches to political control, which generally interpret the changing political-military relationship through military professionalism and institutional autonomy, miss out on important aspects and may generate erroneous conclusions. Here, focus is instead on the professional autonomy of the Chinese officer corps. Through an empirical study of the organization of military work at two of China’s top military education institutes, the article illustrates how professional autonomy and direct political control varies, both between hierarchical levels and issue areas. This highlights the multidimensionality of both control and professional manoeuvrability and underlines the fruitfulness of including an intra-organizational perspective in order to reach better informed conclusions about political control and civil-military relations in today’s China. 

Abstract [zh]

摘要:

本文利用自下而上的分析方法和至今尚未开发的来源,包括对现役军事人员的采访,探讨中国的军民关系。文章认为,传统的关于政治控制的研究方法,其一般通过军事职业化和院校自治来解释不断变化的政治与军事关系,忽视了许多重要方面,可能会产生错误的结论。因此,文章转而聚焦于中国军官阶层的专业自主权。通过对中国两个最高军事教育院校的军事工作的组织所进行的实证研究,本文阐述了专业自主权和直接政治控制之间,在等级和问题领域方面的差异。这突出了政治控制和专业灵活性的多维度,并强调了将组织内部透视包容进来的成果,以便获得关于今日中国的政治控制和军民关系的更为明智的结论。

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2018
Keywords
civil-military relations, military professionalization, Chinese PLA
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7076 (URN)10.1017/S0305741018000401 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-10-16 Created: 2017-10-16 Last updated: 2018-07-02Bibliographically approved
Ledberg, S. (2018). Political Control and Military Autonomy: Reexamining the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Asian Security, 14(2), 212-228
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Political Control and Military Autonomy: Reexamining the Chinese People’s Liberation Army
2018 (English)In: Asian Security, ISSN 1479-9855, E-ISSN 1555-2764, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 212-228Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The first part of this article discusses the most common theoretical and analytical approaches to the study of political control over the armed forces in China. It argues that the focus on professionalism and professionalization at the level of the military institution that is common in previous studies has certain limitations when analyzing Chinese civil–military relations. Against this background, the second part of the article suggests an alternative approach that places the Chinese officer corps and its professional autonomy at the center of analysis. Its benefit is demonstrated in a case study of quality control at China’s top three military education institutes. The study shows that autonomy and direct political control varies, which indicate a need for more nuanced discussions about military professionalization in China.

Keywords
Military autonomy, political control, civil-military relations
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7075 (URN)10.1080/14799855.2017.1339689 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-10-16 Created: 2017-10-16 Last updated: 2018-08-08Bibliographically approved
Watts, J., Ledberg, S. & Engelbrekt, K. (2016). Brothers in Arms, Yet Again?: Twenty-first Century Sino-Russian Strategic Collaboration in the Realm of Defence and Security. Defence Studies, 16(4), 427-449
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Brothers in Arms, Yet Again?: Twenty-first Century Sino-Russian Strategic Collaboration in the Realm of Defence and Security
2016 (English)In: Defence Studies, ISSN 1470-2436, E-ISSN 1743-9698, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 427-449Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

2014-2015 were years of turmoil for strategic relations, with Sino-Russian relations emerging as a particularly interesting set of ties to observe. This article asks whether recurrent Sino-Russian exhortations of friendship are mirrored by their strategic alignment in the defence and security realm, half a century after the end of the Sino-Soviet pact during the communist era. We examine the arms trade between the two countries and with regional partners, but also the recent pattern of bilateral and multilateral military exercises, as a combined test of the security and defence relationship.  We are able to show that the image of friendship that both Moscow and Beijing like to promote, while apparent at the UN Security Council and within the BRICS group, remains constrained by rivalry in high-tech segments of the arms industry and by lingering concerns about the prospects of peer interference in their shared regional vicinity.

Keywords
China, Russia, strategic collaboration, high-tech arms trade, military exercises, SCO, CSTO
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik; Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6434 (URN)10.1080/14702436.2016.1238747 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-12-30 Created: 2016-12-30 Last updated: 2019-03-20Bibliographically approved
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