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José Javier Olivas Osuna

JoseJosé Javier Olivas Osuna is an LSE Fellow and Associate to the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme of LSE IDEAS. He is Co-founder and Editor of Euro Crisis in the Press| and currently teaches the interdisciplinary course LSE100 which an innovative, team-based undergraduate course that combines analytical perspectives from History, Economics, Law, Politics and International Relations.

He holds a PhD in Government and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the LSE. He has completed university degrees in Economics and Market Research (ETEA, University of Cordoba, Spain) and European Studies (EDHEC, Graduate School of Management, Lille, France). He has also worked in the automotive industry and as consultant for European affairs. He is interested in Political Risk Analysis, European Affairs, Civil-military Relations, Public Policy, Intelligence, Iberian Contemporary History and Politics and Latin America. He speaks Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

José is preparing the publication of Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces during Dictatorship and Democratisation (2014, London: Palgrave Macmillan). This book analyses the policy instruments that governments used to control the military throughout Portuguese and Spanish dictatorships and transitions to democracy. It uses a large body of primary and secondary historical evidence and a public policy analytical angle. It applies a refined version of Christopher Hood’s (1983) ‘NATO’ (nodality, authority, treasure and organisation) framework for the study of tools of government in order to identify trajectories and establish comparisons. This book shows that the tools of control differed considerably in both counties and evolved over time. It adopts a neo-institutional approach and explains the evolution of tool choice and civil-military relations in the peninsula by a combination of historical junctures (Spanish Civil War, Second World War, Cold War, Colonial Wars and transitional process) and environmental factors (ideas, political institutional structure and international actors).

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