Parliamentary Control of Military Missions: Accounting for Pluralism
This article focuses on differences regarding parliamentary control over military missions in Western democracies. The article introduces a sample of countries and gives an overview of how these countries make military deployment decisions. Subsequently, the author introduces the analysis of parliamentary control of military missions and presents five explanatory factors that might influence parliamentary control. The article ends with a discussion of policy considerations. The author argues that the legal power to give prior approval of deployments is the strongest option for parliamentary control. An appendix to the article outlines the different regulations in 26 countries.
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