Increasing Military Influence in Danish Civil-Military Relations

The chapter pursues long-term changes in the Danish Armed forces with respect to force structure, defense expenditures, defense commissions, and organizational structure. It is argued that Danish top officeres seem to define democratic control of the military as "exercise control", i.e. that Danish top officers pursue their course until stoped by political interference blocking their behavior. In contrast, politicians define democratic control as "have control", i.e. they rely on top officers self control or "objective control" as defined by Samuel P. Huntington (The Soldier and the State, 1957)