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"Every death matters?": Combat casualties, role conception, and civilian control
European Journal of International Security
How do combat missions, defined as an armed confrontation that causes casualties, shape civil-military relations and military's role conception? This article argues that militaries that incur combat casualties gain a stronger hand in the civil-military equilibrium. This is because casualties affect domestic political opinion and give prominence to the views expressed by military officials. Civilians are then more deferential to professional military advice. In turn, the military obtainsdoi:10.1017/eis.2021.28 fatcat:vtivw4qs3bakfg3khxxkynr4l4