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Army and Monarchy in Morocco: Rebellion, Allegiance and Reforms


The study of the complex relationship between army and monarchy in Morocco provides support for the argument that coup-proofing and institutionalisation enable civil leadership to enhance and maintain civilian control over the military. Through a strategy of coup-proofing implemented by the monarchy to protect itself from coups d’état, the army had been depoliticised. Through institutionalisation the Moroccan army is now governed by a clear set of constitutional and legal norms, principles and procedures with a system based on meritocracy. This approach is helping to stabilise relations between state and society and avoid power struggles between civilian leaders and the armed forces.
Keywords: Civilian control of armed forces, coup-proofing, defence reform, institutionalisation, loyalty, military coups, monarchy, Moroccan army