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Marjan Malešič


The early debates on civil-military relations were limited to the relations between the military and the state whereas contemporary studies encompass the military, state and political institutions, and civil society (the public). The article deals with two elements of the triad, namely the relationship between the military and the public, and it deals with the following concepts: marginalization of the military in contemporary society, public trust in the military and public support of the military in terms of missions performed, provision of financial and human resources, and development projects. The article brings about a comparative analysis and a typology of countries reflecting the attitude of the public towards the military.

Key words: civil-military relations, military, public, indifference, trust, social distance

Marjan Malešič is a Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) and a Head of Defence Research Centre at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. His recent teaching and research areas are environmental security, security policy, crisis management, and public opinion on security. Malešič served as a Vice-Dean responsible for research at FSS (2007-2011) and as a Chairman of European Research Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS; 2000-2002). He is a member of EU’s COST Domain Committee for ‘Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health’.

Cite this article:
Malešič Marjan . THE CONTEMPORARY MILITARY:  BETWEEN PUBLIC INDIFFERENCE AND TRUST. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.5, no.3:21-40, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2012-no3-art02

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2012-no3-art02

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