The military industries represent a web of political, strategic and economic considerations. Their past development and future existence are of primary international importance. The contributors to this volume, hailing from various countries and experts in their fields, address a range of topics of primary importance in the academic discourse on the military industries.
Combined, the chapters of the volume provide a comprehensive look at the state of the world-wide arms sector. The volume begins with a look at global issues, and then reduces its focus to individual countries, beginning in the West and then moving beyond. The United States, the world's leading arms-producing state, is analyzed, as are second-tier countries, in Europe, South America and Asia. International economic trends, political developments and strategic considerations are linked to provide a comprehensive and policy-relevant analysis of the subject matter at hand.
Contents: Politics and Economics of Global Defense Industries in a Changing World Ian Anthony. The Economics of Defense Conversion Michael Intriligator. WEST. The Post-Cold War American Defense Industry: Options, Policies and Probable Outcomes Ann Markusen. Too Small to vanish, Too Large to Flourish: Dilemmas and Practices of Defense Industry Restructuring in West European Countries Michael Brzoska. Adapting to a Shrinking Market: The Israeli Case Aharon Kleiman. NON-WEST. Conversion and diversion: The Politics of China's Military Industry After Mao Yitzhak Shichor. The Military Industries of the Arab World in the 1990s Gil Feiler. The Rise and Fall of Arms Industries in Argentina and Brazil Etel Solingen.