Military Foundations of Panamanian Politics

Transaction Publishers, 1998 - 233 páginas
This is a comprehensive examination of the evolution of the politicization of the Panamanian military and the legacy of this transformation in modern Panamanian politics. It addresses the fundamental role that the Panamanian military played in influencing and molding the modern-day Panamanian political system--structurally, legally, and constitutionally--and chronicles the corporate and political growth of the Panamanian military, filtering its analysis through civil-military theory, to achieve its two primary goals.

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Página 28 - The same right and authority are granted to the United States for the maintenance of public order in the cities of Panama and Colon and the territories and harbors adjacent thereto in case the Republic of Panama should not be, in the judgment of the United. States, able to maintain such order.
Página 28 - We would interfere with them only in the last resort, and then only if it became evident that their inability or unwillingness to do justice at home and abroad had violated the rights of the United States, or had invited foreign aggression to the detriment of the entire body of American nations.
Página 127 - All successful men have agreed in one thing, — they were causationists. They believed that things went not by luck, but by law ; that there was not a weak or a cracked link in the chain that joins the first and last of things.
Página 26 - From the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the 20th century, immigration was a major factor in population growth.
Página 55 - Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power...
Página 144 - In politics, again, it is almost a commonplace that a party of order or stability and a party of progress or reform are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life, until the one or the other shall have so enlarged its mental grasp as to be a party equally of order and of progress, knowing and distinguishing what is fit to be preserved from what ought to be swept away.
Página 46 - Communist-inspired and supported or "home grown"; encouraging the armed forces to support and strengthen democratic institutions and to undertake civic action projects which both contribute to the social and economic development of the country and bring the armed forces and civilian populace closer together; and, finally, to develop selected units for possible use in carrying out.
Página 153 - Morris Janowitz, The Professional Soldier: A Social and Political Portrait (New York: Free Press, 1960; reprint ed.
Página 156 - In the world of oligarchy, the soldier is a radical; in the middleclass world he is a participant and arbiter; as the mass society looms on the horizon he becomes the conservative guardian of the existing order.
Página 22 - For a historical analysis built around the equilibrium between military power holders and the economic sector, see William H. McNeill, The Pursuit of Power (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982).

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