Call for Papers Special Issue of the Turkish Journal of Sociology on Military Sociology
Deadline for Article Submission March 31, 2015
The Turkish Journal of Sociology wishes to publish its first issue devoted to military sociology. First published in 1917, The Turkish Journal of Sociology is a publication of the Department of Sociology of the Istanbul University Faculty of Letters, the first and leading sociology department in Turkey. The Turkish Journal of Sociology is a peer-reviewed, biannually published journal (http://journals.istanbul.edu.tr/iusosyoloji).
Modern militaries have undergone considerable change in recent decades. This is a reflection of dramatic changes in society, including changes in inter- and intra-state politics, public opinion, civil-military relations, demographics, and both short-and long-term military engagements around the world. Within Turkey, issues surrounding the military have received considerable attention in the political science, military history, and military science arenas. However, amid the quickly changing contexts in which its military operates, in tandem with its importance domestically and internationally, Turkey remains an understudied country in the field of military sociology studies.
Reforming Defense and Military Policy-Making in New Democracies: Obstacles, Call for Papers: Workshop on Opportunities and Outcomes
Ensuring effective civilian control over the institutions and processes of defense and military policy- making is a core step in the process of institutionalizing, deepening and consolidating democratic governance in newly democratized nations. While a certain degree of organizational autonomy and the provision of military expertise to civilian decision makers is functional, perhaps necessary, for the armed forces to fulfill their missions, the reform of defense policy-making procedures has been among the most problematic and protracted political endeavors in many nations of the so called “Third Wave of democratization”. Even countries that today are considered successful cases of democratic consolidation have struggled with—and are still struggling with—stalled, unsuccessful, incomplete or inconsistent attempts at reforming national defense and military policy. This not only has possibly serious consequences for the aspect of democratic control and accountability of policy- making in this crucial area of state activity. It also raises the question if and how these reforms for greater civilian authority and oversight (or their lack) affect the effectiveness of defense policy and the ability of new democracies to defend themselves against external threats.
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The Morris Janowitz Career Achievement Award is awarded by the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society to a limited number of senior scholars whose careers most demonstrate excellence in the study of armed forces and society and important service to the discipline.